Re: possible new sort option

Just for info, I did get a response to my message to JWZ.  I'll forward it later, but I think he agrees that it should be reasonable to not try to thread messages which don't use the Response headers properly (or at all, actually).  Unfortunately, I think there are enough still used mail readers that do this (not using Response) as witnessed by many mailing list responses that lose threading in Pan, which I am assuming is threading without just using Subject:.

I still need to work through the JWZ algorithm in detail to see if there are other options, as he did point out this problem shows up in the fallback stuff when there are no References.

On 08/05/2018 12:11 PM, Pawel Salek via balsa-list wrote:
I think this idea to sort threads by the date of the most recent message contributing to the thread is a very useful one, quite a logical one too.

On Sun, Aug 5, 2018 at 5:35 PM Peter Bloomfield <Peterbloomfield bellsouth net> wrote:
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.

A new GitLab issue[0] has been opened to continue the discussion, and a new branch (thread-date) has a modified sort algorithm, with threads sorted by the date of the most recent message in the thread (its 'thread-date'). Testing and comments welcome!


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