Quoth Olivier Berger on Sep 25 at 6:03 pm: > Hi. > > Whenever a participant changes the subject in the middle of a thread, > the summary reported by notmuch search will change. > > However, the result is that some mails tend to "disappear" from search > results, when (bad) participants reply instead of composing a new mail, > and change a subject (see > http://bugs.debian.org/cgi-bin/bugreport.cgi?bug=688699 for more details > on that problem, and a discussion). Of course, they're still there, but > their subject being masked, one may then grep or C-s for a particular > subject and miss them. > > I think it would be interesting to allow notmuch to potentially keep the > original subject and not the most recent one for the thread summaries. > > What do you think ?
I think this would be fantastic. I've proposed unconditionally showing the earliest subject before and it seems that people who correspond mostly with those who have good threading etiquette would prefer this change, but those who correspond with more people who use 'reply' like an address book prefer the current behavior. Another option, which I'd like to experiment with but haven't found the time, is to show *all* distinct subjects for matched messages in a thread (modulo "Re:", etc) in the summary buffer, probably on multiple lines. Since most threads only have a single unique subject, they would appear just as they do now, but it would be clear when someone (or something, like git) changed the subject mid-thread. This approach would be far more robust while retaining good usability, but it would require more code than just changing our subject-picking heuristic.