Re: possible new sort option

Hi Jack,

On 08/01/2018 05:04:29 PM Wed, Jack via balsa-list wrote:
Hello all,

Too much idle time, perhaps, but I've been musing on mailbox sorting.  I mostly use JWZ sorting, with 
increasing dates.  This groups messages per the JWZ algorithm, and then sorts the groups by the increasing 
date of the first message in the group.  If I click on the date colulmn header, it simply reverses the order 
of presentation of the groups.   In other words, the ordering within groups is not changed, but now the 
groups are sorted by the decreasing date of the first message in the group.

I have several mailboxes (mainly various mailing lists) where I'd like to maintain the message order within 
the groups as above, but sort the groups by the date of the most recent message in the group - either 
increasing or decreasing.  This would bring the most recently active threads to the top or bottom of the list.

That would be much preferable to the current situation, where a recent reply in an old group gets lost back 
in time; I often have to switch to the flat view in order to find it, then back to threaded to see it in 

Worse yet is the JWZ prescription of grouping by subject, so that a reply to "Tomorrow's meeting" gets 
grouped with all the other, mostly unrelated, messages with that subject! But I digress…

Can anybody give an estimate of how difficult this would be to implement?

As I recall, from many years ago when it was discussed, it's not difficult to implement, but the simplest 
implementation might be inefficient. It might take a bit of work to implement without loss of performance.


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