[MlMt] Mailbox count = Recent
mailmate at randy.pensive.org
Fri Jan 11 15:06:57 EST 2019
On 11 Jan 2019, at 6:42, Benny Kjær Nielsen wrote:
> On 26 Dec 2018, at 17:32, Randall Gellens wrote:
>> On 26 Dec 2018, at 6:38, Steven M. Bellovin wrote:
>>> On 25 Dec 2018, at 22:13, Randall Gellens wrote:
>>>> When the displayed count for a mailbox is "Recent," what does MM
> It counts emails having the IMAP `\Recent` flag. This is not as useful
> as it might seem to be.
Exactly; the IMAP \Recent flag is not much use.
>>>> I would like to suggest that there be an option for the count to be
>>>> "Unread messages that have arrived in the past [count] [unit]"
>>>> where count and unit are settings (global or per-account or
>>>> per-mailbox). For example, setting count to 7 and unit to days
>>>> would count unread messages that arrived in the past week.
>>> I use a smart folder for recent unread messages.
>> Sure, I could do that, and I can see that being especially useful in
>> certain cases, but to do that universally would mean twice as many
>> mailboxes as I now have, and also mentally ignoring every actual
>> mailbox and only paying attention to the smart mailboxes. Since MM
>> has a count and allows changing what the count is counting, it seems
>> reasonable to request that it count unread "recent" for reasonable
>> values of "recent."
> I believe I understand what you would like to do. I'm going to
> consider it a request for something more general, that is, being able
> to define custom counters (low-level I actually think this is already
> Maybe the most “intuitive” way would be to have a menu item in the
> Displayed Count allowing one to count whatever intersects with some
> other mailbox. For example:
> Displayed Count ▸ ...
> Also in Mailbox ▸ ...
> That would allow you to use any smart mailbox you have defined.
I would not find that of much use, since I have a fairly large number of
actual IMAP mailboxes spread across various accounts and would not want
to have to create smart mailboxes for every actual mailbox I have.
Steven already suggested using smart mailboxes. What I would like is a
way to have the mailbox counter display unread messages that have
arrived within the last x time period (e.g., unread messages that
arrived in the last ten days or two weeks). This would make it easy to
see at a glance if a mailbox has something new in it.
We've previously discussed having mailboxes stand out in some way when
new mail arrives in them, such as being in bold font. I think that
would be quite helpful, either as an alternative or in addition to a
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