[Users] [Bug 3993] Claws Mail connects to IMAP server when it should not

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Sat Apr 14 13:57:07 CEST 2018


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> I can reproduce this, but I get connection to both accounts, not just the second one.

Yes, same here. Thanks for confirming.

> so I'm not sure I would categorize this as bug.

Perhaps it can be categorized as a potential privacy issue. If one starts the
program one doesn't need to inform all the IMAP servers "Hey, I started my mail
client". One may simply want to read RSS without connecting to any IMAP
accounts etc.

> Perhaps an "Apply processing rules on startup" checkbox, either global or per-account (or maybe even per-folder) ?

Per-account and per-folder sounds like an overkill. Also while a global option
may sound as a good idea it is somewhat "fighting" with the other options like
"Check for mail at startup" and not checking a particular account. IOW: there
already are options what to check and when so it would make more sense the
program logic to follow those preferences rather than initiate connections on
its own.

Thinking about all this from a privacy perspective: it would be good to have an
option to disable the "NOOP" commands sent every now and then without going
offline. If mail should be checked for example every 30 minutes, there is
hardly any point to tell the server "Well, I am not checking my mail but you
should know that I am online". All this background chattering only helps the
companies to create better analytics and profile us more and more deeply.
Perhaps this needs a separate bug report?

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