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Kipp McMichael kimcmich@hotmail.com
Thu, 31 Jul 2014 18:14:05 PDT
Jim et al,

  Conversation grouping it not a perfect solution to the intractable problem of a busy inbox, but it helps. As for your problem with quoted text bloat: I don't use yahoo, but in gmail the "quoted" text in a reply is always at the bottom of the compose window (sometimes minimized with a clickable '...' that reveals the whole thing). You can delete the quoted portion from the composition before sending just like with any email. Strangely, I find that in my inbox proper, the whole conversation is auto-quoted when I hit reply (even if the message I am replying to did not quote the previous messages). If I'm in my PBS messages folder, however, hitting reply only auto-quotes that single email (and whatever that email may have quoted itself). Not sure what other email clients do (I use gmail and outlook for different accounts). So although conversation grouping has advantages - it does make it easier for a person to accidentally include alot of quoted text.

  The value in being able to see the flow of a busy message thread, however, is substantial: No more forgetting the context when a person replies to an email weeks later; no more needing to search your inbox or archive to site/quote a person's previous words in a given conversation; no more busy threads filling up your inbox so that you have to go to a second page to see your other messages.


> Date: Thu, 31 Jul 2014 10:47:19 -0700
> From: jamesamckenney@verizon.net
> To: pbs@lists.ibiblio.org
> Subject: Re: [pbs] (no subject)
> Kipp wrote: " "Conversation" grouping really helps that problem."
> ... there are several problems associated with it from my brief experience. 
> For one, doesn't this feature bloat the digest? Most of my emails now come with the full trail of recent related messages, with the result that the accumulating messages are repeated over and over. I have not figured out how to delete the accumulated messages before responding to the list.

> For another, it's sometimes confusing to determine which message is the most recent one. I've now trained myself to look for the time stamp on the message to help sort things out. 

> Jim McKenney


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