Bug 2807 - "Sticky Mail" plugin
Summary: "Sticky Mail" plugin
Status: NEW
Alias: None
Product: Claws Mail
Classification: Unclassified
Component: Plugins (show other bugs)
Version: 3.9.1
Hardware: PC All
: P3 enhancement
Assignee: users
Depends on:
Reported: 2012-11-20 14:54 CET by Abhay S. Kushwaha
Modified: 2012-11-21 06:31 CET (History)
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Description Abhay S. Kushwaha 2012-11-20 14:54:15 CET
There are times when specific emails need to be remembered or highlighted in a folder. There are clear and easy workarounds to highlight emails, but what would really benefit is if we can mark specific emails as "Stickies" in that folder which would float up the emails on top of the message list in a folder:

Sticky Mail 1
Stickly Mail 2
Normal mail in normal folder ordering mechanism
Normal mail
Normal mail

I realise that this could cause problems with GTK and mess with the folder sorting. So a possible workaround is that the plugin creates a secondary message list on top of the message list and it simply copy-displays the "sticky" messages on top of the normal message list.
Comment 1 marius glauser 2012-11-20 18:48:06 CET
You can mark mails (Message->Mark->Mark) and sort by Mark (View->Sort->By mark).
Comment 2 Abhay S. Kushwaha 2012-11-20 19:45:07 CET
Indeed Mr. Glauser, as I too pointed out when I said, "There are clear and easy workarounds to highlight emails". However these methods do not "float" up a seemingly permanent visual reminder of these certain mails while letting a user perform normally on a folder. For example, by doing what you described, I lose my normal sorting order of the folder, and if I have many messages, it is rather easy to scroll those marked messages away from view and immediate visual focus.

Imagine, if you will, the difference of having an important note on a post-it note pasted on your monitor screen edge versus having one in a text file on your desktop.
Comment 3 marius glauser 2012-11-20 20:20:05 CET
Then, it would be perhaps easier and more consistent to introduce a enhanced sorting algorithm, allowing to sort over multiple keys? (First sort by Mark, second sort by Whatever) By this avoiding to implement yet another mark/highlight/colorize tag.
Comment 4 Abhay S. Kushwaha 2012-11-21 06:31:41 CET
Marius, not really. Sorting on multiple keys is "additive" by nature. So when you sort by one key, the other key acts within grouping/sorting done by the first key. Plus it can lead to a lot of confusion generally. Plus, the real need is to have a permanent, anchored message that does not scroll out of view. No amount of filtering and quicksearching or sorting addresses that.