[Users] [Bug 3288] New: Set default message view NOT threaded.

B. S. bs27975 at gmail.com
Mon Sep 22 06:29:50 CEST 2014

On 14-09-21 06:00 AM, Brad Rogers wrote:
> On Sun, 21 Sep 2014 05:14:24 -0400
> "B. S." <bs27975 at gmail.com> wrote:
> Hello B.,
>> There is no default / config file if the software has never been
>> installed. Thus, prior users are not impacted as prior users have had
> I'm either not explaining myself well, or you're misunderstanding me;

Ah, OK, I think I get you / that now.

But, in essence, there is a config file setting - simply by its absence, 
then. Tri-state: On, Off, Never Defined (software/code default).

Given, what you've said, then, I guess I'm proposing that there be one. 
Bear in mind, I guess I (erroneously?) extrapolated from a (proposed) 
setting in Configuration / Preferences to a setting in a config file.

Mind you - given later thread comments, threading is a per folder 
setting (?), so there must be a config setting in some file. (Let alone 
this proposed 'default non/threaded at new folder creation' config setting.

> Nothing in config file pertaining to threading, I get default behaviour
> (threaded).
> I never change the default, still nothing in config file regarding
> threading so I see threaded mail.
> Default behaviour is changed to non-threaded.
> By doing *nothing* I see a change.
> Bad.
> Now, I'm not saying CM behaves that way.  I don't remember, it's been
> *years* since I installed it.  But the point remains;  Changing the
> default may impact many existing users.

OK, you have a point, but I think we're coming from two different 

I get your point that a new config setting may insert a new config entry 
upon upgrade. Therefore, there would indeed be a (user transparent) change.

However, my intent / point was that you will see no impact in your 
normal use of the software.

Except, at new folder creation, if you have not changed the (new) 
default - perhaps a choice of changing default setting to threaded at 
upgrade or install. But even then, as I noted, it will be easily 
apparent to you that messages are not threaded (seeing two messages with 
the same subject line), while it is not so easily apparent when things 
are threaded (seeing one message with the same subject line, it being 
invisible that there are messages behind it). [Can't prove a negative.]

Again, which is in effect would be more easily discerned if there were a 
status icon displayed - perhaps to the left of the quick search on/off icon.

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