My ideal email client
Since 10 years I am praying for a much more convenient email program, one that understands my relation with incoming mail and incoming folders. Let me explain...
I get lots of mails from different sources. Some are addressing me, others have me in Cc:. Some are from mailinglist that are very important to me (because I am responsible for answering), others I just want to follow up if I have some time. My email-client however treats all these mails the same way.
This is really not Alpine's fault, in fact, none of the email clients do what I desire. What I want is a "virtual view" (yes, think Evolution) but one that is smart about the emails it lists. Let me give some examples:
- I may want to chose that emails addressed to my personal address in To: or Bcc: requires an answer from me, unless I delete it from this "virtual view"
- Mails that have my personal email address in Cc: may have a different policy. One where I read it and do not answer would remove it from this "virtual view" as well, if I so desire and configure it. But if I want to keep it explicitely, I need to say so. (Opposite behaviour than 1.
For some of the mailinglists I may want a similar behaviour as 1. For others 2 and yet others should not be in my "virtual view".
The end-result would be that my "virtual view" shows me only a list of emails that desire my attention (either need to be read, or need to be answered). With the ones that require an answer on top.
If my email client would have this functionality, I wouldn't be loosing emails out of my sight whenever I get large volumes of email, as now frequently happens :-/
Alpine does show me (with flags) what mails were send to me personally and which ones I have answered. But my inbox is not "virtual" and full of email that takes too many key-presses to move individually, blocking my view to the important emails I really should be answering first.
Oh yes, and it needs to be console-based !
Currently, I hate the fact that my email client assumes that recent mail is more important than anything else and I am too weak to teach it to behave better. Can you help me, please ?