[MlMt] can I create a non-smart mailbox?

Bill Cole mmlist-20120120 at billmail.scconsult.com
Sat Dec 21 14:04:27 EST 2019

On 21 Dec 2019, at 11:22, Ken Pope wrote:

> Have just transitioned from a pop mail client to MailMate.  

The biggest part of that is switching from POP to IMAP, which is 
designed with a radically different concept of how email is used. An 
IMAP server is intended to be the home for your email and its 
organization, the repository of "truth" for as many IMAP clients of 
whatever flavor as you wish to use. This requires a change in how you 
think about your mail.

Some IMAP clients, particularly ones which also do POP such as 
Thunderbird or Apple Mail, blend the conceptual models of POP and IMAP 
by supporting a hierarchy of real local mail folders that supplement the 
folders on an IMAP server as a permanent organized store of messages. 
MailMate does not: you have only a mailbox hierarchy on the servers 
where you have accounts and virtual "smart" mailboxes that only exist as 
MailMate assemblies of messages.

This is not really as limiting as it may seem at first. Because you DO 
have the server-side mailbox hierarchy.

> There are some large groups of emails relevant to my research that 
> defy my attempts to capture their characteristics within the smart 
> mailbox descriptors (diverse senders, content, headers, etc., within 
> each research project).  I would like to create a set of 
> “non-smart” mailboxes and simply drag & drop each email into one 
> of those mailboxes whenever it arrives in my inbox & I’ve responded 
> to it.  I’ve been unable to find out how to do this.  Is it 
> possible in MailMate, and if so would someone let me know how to do it 
> (or where to find the instructions)?  

Create them as IMAP mailboxes. To create one at the top level of an IMAP 
account in MailMate, select the account in the "Sources" section of the 
mailbox list and use the "Mailbox->New IMAP Mailbox in <accountname>" 
menu command (also accessible by right-click.) You can also create new 
IMAP mailboxes inside existing IMAP mailboxes, building as complex a 
hierarchy as you want. For example, in my main IMAP account I have 16 
top-level mailboxes and another 226 within those.

Bill Cole
bill at scconsult.com or billcole at apache.org
(AKA @grumpybozo and many *@billmail.scconsult.com addresses)
Not For Hire (currently)

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