NNTP and thunderbird-related lists

Dan Mosedale dmose at mozilla.org
Thu Jul 29 19:07:51 UTC 2010

  On 7/29/10 11:04 AM, Alan Lord (Gmail) wrote:
> In a sense you are right. I don't really think about whether it's IMAP 
> or NNTP. But, the way you [more likely "I"] interact or relate with a 
> newsgroup is very different to an email list.
I very much agree that in Thunderbird, the interactions currently 
presented for mailboxes and newsgroups have important differences, such 
that the "newsgroup presentation" is non-trivially more pleasant for a 
number of workflows and tasks.
> The replying bit is much more complex and requires concentration: For 
> this *very* message I clicked on Reply and noticed that it would reply 
> just to Dan. So I used Reply All and then had to change Dan's email 
> from To: to CC: and the list from CC: to To:. Blech - that sucks.
Agreed; we can do better here for the email workflow.  There's actually 
a bug that Blake was working on a while ago to make it easy to toggle 
which _might_ address this.  I'll let him chime in about whether it 
would cover this use case.
> When I reply to a message in NNTP it is simple and there is (usually) 
> just one recipient.
Definitely a cleaner and easier user experience.
> In my Thunderbird, the News "tree" sits at the bottom of the whole TB 
> folder list. My email accounts start at the top with the most 
> important one (my company) first - I have about 10 email accounts 
> configured and I use the "All Folders" display (I never have got the 
> hang of smart folders) - so News is a long way down and takes 
> scrolling. It is not important in the same way as with, say, my 
> company email.
> I access almost all the mailing lists I am subscribed to by News 
> (thanks to gmane) and I turn off all mail sending in my mailman 
> subscription panels. It just works :-)
I hear ya.  As I think I mentioned elsewhere in this thread, I'd like to 
see Thunderbird get significantly better at automatically segragating 
messages that one uses differently (as the Mailing List Manager Add-on 
is starting to do today).


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