over in the series introduced with id:20190330214821.4150-1-ekeb...@kth.se, Örjan Ekeberg proposed tagging messages when we've forwarded them.
These changes got me thinking more generally about what capabilities a good MUA should offer related to message forwarding, and how to get notmuch-emacs closer to that vision. I don't mean these questions to get in the way of any review or merge of Örjan's series -- just thinking out loud here to try to document some things that might be useful in addition to the improvements already proposed. I guess you could think of this as a list of prototyped not-quite-feature-request or not-quite-bug-report items. If you see any of them as explicitly actionable, feel free to reply to it specifically and add more detail! explicit inter-message references --------------------------------- Do we want notmuch to know about the different *specific* messages that a "forwarded" tag implies? * For example, if i know that a message has been forwarded, can notmuch immediately find for me all the messages that included it? * Or, if i see a message is forwarded to me, and the original thread happens to also be in my mailstore, can the MUA get me to the original thread, with full context from just the forwarded message alone? forwarding multiple messages ---------------------------- When bringing a new person into a pre-existing thread, it can be useful to give that person the full context. In environments where top-posting is tolerated/encouraged, that's done automatically, because each message contains all previous messages in the thread, to be read in "sewing machine stitch" order. bleah. More sensibly, it'd be nice to be able to forward the full thread in chronological order for the new person to review. * notmuch-emacs in "show" mode by default binds "F" to "notmuch-show-forward-open-messages", which is pretty handy. That said, it's still a bit janky to forward messages from multiple threads in a single message. Are there other ways that notmuch-emacs could make the operation "add a message (or more than one) to an existing unsent compose buffer" easier? * if there is a region marked (as opposed to just point selection) in a notmuch-show buffer, "f" (notmuch-show-forward-message) only generates a new message buffer which includes the given point (it ignores the marked region). Could we make it include the region? forwarding stripping/cleanup ---------------------------- sometimes i forward messages because i want help in diagnosing problems with the message delivery -- in that case, i want to forward all headers. Other times, i just want the recipient to have access to the content, and i'd rather that they *don't* get to see all the intermediate "Received:", "Delivered-To:", "X-Original-To:" etc headers that got added to the message as it made its way to my inbox. * The forwarding offered by notmuch-emacs defaults to the "forwarding for debugging with headers" context. If i want to "forward for content", i currently edit the raw message in the compose buffer itself, manually stripping out certain headers. Is there some way to expose that distinction to the user (and help me avoid manual editing errors) without adding additional UI costs? sorry for the list of questions without concrete implementation suggestions! I hope these thoughts are at least more useful visible to the community than stuck inside my own head. all the best, --dkg
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