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Critical Review of Mozilla Thunderbird 0.5

Wednesday February 25th, 2004

rizzof writes: "I wanted to offer a critical in-depth review of Thunderbird for a change. This is a quite different from all the glowing reviews of last week following the release. It analyzes shortcomings of the application and user-interface gaffes that keep it from achieving its full potential."


#23 Re: Re: yet another single-tree fan

by leafdigital

Friday February 27th, 2004 12:01 AM

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Well, I have two mail accounts - the one that came with my ISP, and the 'real' account with my domain. The account with my domain is a single POP3 account that receives <anything@example.com>; I actually use six or seven different addresses in that.

I don't use the ISP account for anything except the ISP's own messages, and a few mailing lists (which for a slightly confusing reason I wanted to come from a different mail server at some point). I certainly don't want a separate mail tree with umpteen associated folders cluttering my UI just for *that*. But I do need to read the account, for the ISP notices if nothing else.

The six or seven addresses <anything@example.com> I use because I give different email addresses for people to comment on different aspects of my work - for example my main piece of shareware software is called leafDrums, so I give the email address <leafdrums@example.com> in relation to this software. In theory I might want to filter this mail to a different folder - in practice, at least for that one, I just want it in my inbox. The reason I give a different address rather than just <sam@example.com> is that it lets me figure out what people were talking about - people sometimes send emails like 'HEY UR PROGRAM SUKS DO U HAV KEYS FOR PHOTOSHOP THANX', without mentioning which program it is that sucks, and out of curiosity I'd kind of like to know; so I take a look at the email address.

My mail routing page is <http://www.leafdigital.com/contact/> if you want to see how that all works. (This is my anti-spam solution... now I just need to update all the other pages to make the mailto links go to that page instead of being actual email addresses, but I'm too lazy to do it...)

So anyway - the second part of this (having umpteen <whatever@example.com> addresses that all go to the same tree, and I can filter separately if I want to) is fine, that's how Tbird works anyhow because it is a single POP3 server. [Although you can probably see why I want the UI for multiple identities, the other bug I mentioned.] But I don't want two sets of folders just because I happen to get a few extra messages from my ISP's mail server. That's why I'd like to be able to set that account to just deliver to the same folder tree.

By the way, filters really shouldn't be an 'advanced' feature, certainly not filters based on destination address anyhow... at least no more advanced than setting up two mail accounts in the first place... if they *are* 'advanced' then maybe there should be a simpler UI for it, I don't actually recall how TBird's filters work off-hand.

--sam