Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 65825
Improper sort behaviour in threaded view
Last modified: 2008-05-01 11:38:02 EDT
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Description of problem:
When viewing messages using a threaded view, threads with new messages are not
moved to the top (or bottom, depending on sort). Instead, sort only uses the
date of the original message in the thread. This makes it very difficult to
actually follow a threaded conversation with new messages on high-traffic lists.
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Steps to Reproduce:
1.Set a threaded view on a folder
2.Wait for some email
3.Scroll up and down trying to spot the new messages
Actual Results: Threads are not sorted based on newest message in thread
Expected Results: Threads would be sorted based on the most recent message in
This is more a feature enhancement or usuability enhancement than a but, as
evolution seems to have been designed this way. But I'm on several very high
traffic lists, and it's very difficult to use the threaded view, but it's
nearly impossible to follow a thread in a non-threaded view.
This is the expected behavior. Instead of scrolling up and down, you might want
to use 'n' to go to next unread message.
You do not understand the issue. Using "n" is not acceptable when the thread is
half way up the screen, neccesetating a search just to find it.
I understand what you're saying, but it's a conscious design decision made by
the upstream maintainers of the program. If you don't like it, feel free to
file a bug with them or mail the evolution list and try to rally people to your
cause. This just isn't the way that threads work in any mail program I've ever
used/seen, so I just don't see it as a bug which greatly needs fixing.
Ahh.... I came from a windows background, and that is the default behavior in
Outlook. Threads are sorted by the most recent message they contain, not by the
date of the first message. I'll try filing an enhancement req with the ximian
guys and see what they say, as I do see it as bad design (colored by what I
expect an email client to do).