[Users] [Bug 2814] New: Virtual Folders based on search criteria

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Tue Nov 20 22:07:17 CET 2012


           Summary: Virtual Folders based on search criteria
           Product: Claws Mail
           Version: CVS
          Platform: PC
        OS/Version: All
            Status: NEW
          Severity: enhancement
          Priority: P3
         Component: Other
        AssignedTo: users at lists.claws-mail.org
        ReportedBy: clawsmail at kushwaha.com

Claws could support Virtual Folders which would display the emails that match
the search criteria defined in the virtual folder property.

One way is to add a checkbox in folder creation dialog box that creates a
virtual folder anywhere. When enabled, the dialog would also include a search
bar (much like the quicksearch bar) that will help users create the rule to
show emails in that folder. I don't see a need for virtual folders in the
middle of the folder tree but this is one way it can be done.

The more interesting way is to have a folder called, say "Views" just below the
main 5 folders (Inbox, sent, etc.) which would allow people to add virtual
folders with the search criteria.

The folder's search could be "global" (all messages in the mailbox) or targeted
(specific folder only, with and without sub-folder recursion).

The folder would only display message headers from the target folders. So
they're essentially "links" to the actual mails in the specific folders. But it
would still allow mail operations (Move to Trash actually does).

The folders would be constantly updated with a fast refresh cycle (1s?)

Here is a sample scenario to illustrate use:
Say a person has 3-4 folders for different projects where project-specific
support emails get filtered to. Virtual folders would allow this person to
quickly find emails that have not been replied to which are older than 1 day,
rather than performing a recursive quicksearch, moving to each folder, etc. So
if this person suddenly sees that there is 1 email in this virtual folder, he
knows a response is delayed by 24 hours and he can quickly find and reply to
that specific email.

That's a very straightforward example for illustration only. I'm sure everybody
will be able to quickly come up sample scenarios where it could be helpful to
their individual needs.

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