--On Saturday, July 06, 2002 9:13 AM -0700 JC Dill
On 06:01 AM 7/6/02, Bernie Cosell wrote:
>For example, for this list, my filter sorts on:
>Sender: list-managers-owner @
That's a great idea in principle, but how many ordinary users have both
the knowledge and the ability to filter on fields like Sender?
That's a tricky question, because if you first ask "how many ordinary users
have the knowledge and ability to filter AT ALL" or to do any kind of
auto-foldering, the number is pretty small. Most fancy MUA's now have
"Rules" or "Filters" engines of some kind, but understanding and wrangling
them can be a Byzantine exercise.
One possible bright spot is that with Mozilla Mail, it ought to be possible
(in theory - I haven't messed with it myself) to offer a self-contained
"installable filter setting" that you could put on a companion webpage and
let members click on. We could also agree on an XML standard for
describing how to filter a list, put a Web-based generator for that XML
online somewhere, and then let list admins visit it, enter their list info
and grab the resulting XML, and/or let the results be stored at the
generator site, so that members could visit the site, pick the list(s)
they're on, pick the MUA they use, and generate a page of instructions or a
config file that would set up filtering for them. Just some thoughts.