[Alpine-info] feature request: new command "maybe"
John A. Kunze
jak at ucop.edu
Thu Oct 6 17:16:05 PDT 2011
Cool. I'll give it a whirl.
--- On Thu, 6 Oct 2011, Benjamin R. Haskell wrote:
>> I'd love to have a keystroke to invoke a command that does the following.
>> Not sure what to call it -- for now it's the "maybe" command. It would
>> 1. Mark a message with a new flag: "maybe"
>> 2. Advance to the next message, similar in this regard to "delete"
>> 3. Upon exiting, those messages are saved in a "maybe" folder
>> What I find is that there's a small amount of my constantly overflowing
>> inbox that (a) I know I need to save and (b) I know I can delete now.
>> But the vast majority of my inbox is stuff that I _might_ need, and that
>> I'd like to be able to dig out of one big bucket (not lots of little
>> folders managed by lots of rules) on an as-needed basis. An important
>> property of this "maybe" bucket is that I can chop off stuff older than a
>> couple years without looking anything but the timestamp.
>> This would address a very important use case for me, which is that I
>> currently end up saving huge amounts of mail that is a mixture of important
>> things I knew I wanted to save and a very large amount of things that
>> turned out to be very unimportant, but I didn't know that at the time of
>> What I do know at the time of saving/flagging is whether thing is (a)
>> important, (b) trash, or (c) maybe. Because it's a common use case for me
>> (anyone else?), it would be great to have single keystroke for it.
> It doesn't get it down to a single keystroke (rather, two) but the following
> seems pretty close to what you want:
> 1. Create an IMAP keyword called "maybe":
> In your INBOX (presumably): * <ctrl+t> a
> * = flag
> ^T = to details
> a = add keyword
> 2. That allows you to flag things with two keys: * m
> * = flag
> m = keyword initial
> (make the name start with something easier to type, if you prefer -- *m spans
> four rows and a pinkie for me -- maybe "zzz" or "undecided")
> 3. Create a filter
> Create it: M S R F A
> M = main menu
> S = setup
> R = rules
> F = filters
> A = add
> Nickname: "maybe" cleaner
> Comment: moves things to the "maybe" folder
> Current Folder Type =
> (choose either INBOX or 'Email' or 'Any')
> Keyword pattern = maybe
> Under: ACTIONS BEGIN HERE
> Filter Action =
> (*) Move
> Folder List = maybe
> Clear These Keywords = maybe
> Then, things that you mark as maybe will be moved whenever filters are
> processed (which, IIRC, depends on your settings, but happens at a minimum
> when you open and close a folder)
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