notmuch.1 |    8 +++++---
 notmuch.c |    3 ++-
 2 files changed, 7 insertions(+), 4 deletions(-)

diff --git a/notmuch.1 b/notmuch.1
index 282ad98..f03529e 100644
--- a/notmuch.1
+++ b/notmuch.1
@@ -93,9 +93,11 @@ The
 .B new
 command scans all sub-directories of the database, performing
 full-text indexing on new messages that are found. Each new message
-will automatically be tagged with both the
-.BR inbox " and " unread
+will automatically be tagged with the
+.BR inbox
+tag, and, unless it was already "seen" by another client, the
+.BR unread
 You should run
 .B "notmuch new"
diff --git a/notmuch.c b/notmuch.c
index 87479f8..fc6bb7f 100644
--- a/notmuch.c
+++ b/notmuch.c
@@ -127,7 +127,8 @@ command_t commands[] = {
       "\t\tFind and import new messages to the notmuch database.",
       "\t\tScans all sub-directories of the mail directory, performing\n"
       "\t\tfull-text indexing on new messages that are found. Each new\n"
-      "\t\tmessage will be tagged as both \"inbox\" and \"unread\".\n"
+      "\t\tmessage will be tagged as \"inbox\" and, unless it is\n"
+      "\t\tmarked as \"seen\", \"unread\".\n"
       "\t\tYou should run \"notmuch new\" once after first running\n"
       "\t\t\"notmuch setup\" to create the initial database. The first\n"

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