[FoRK] Rael on e-mail

James Tauber jtauber at jtauber.com
Tue Apr 13 14:51:12 PDT 2004

I've been doing the same for the last two years: two folders "Sent Items"
with 4217 messages (100MB) and "Keep" with 9024 messages (360MB).

I wouldn't mind having a light-weight taxonomy, basically in the form of
arbitrary attributes on email and be able to access emails with certain
attributes via virtual folders. By the sounds of it GMail it going to
allow something like this.


On Tue, 13 Apr 2004 16:33:08 -0500, "Contempt for Meatheads"
<jbone at place.org> said:
> Noticed via Boingsters...  Rael gets it.  This is the way of the future 
> --- almost.  Back when I was using a Linux desktop rather than a Mac 
> --- and hence was using Evolution --- I was doing essentially this.  I 
> had a single archive of recent (i.e., current and previous quarter's 
> stuff) messages and some scripts set up to "churn" this stuff into 
> archive folders by quarter.  Then I had a bunch of Evo "virtual 
> folders" (think persistent queries / filters over messages) that 
> provided a topical folder-based view over the recent archive.  This 
> worked pretty well --- Evo's heavy indexing was fast as hell and 
> totally kicked ass.
> I really think (and have maintained for some time) that static 
> taxonomies are a poor tool for navigating information spaces.  Heavy 
> indexing supporting search and filter is much better than navigation.  
> A static taxonomy is a better tool for getting an idea of the shape of 
> an information space than it is for actually organizing and using it.
> --
> 	http://www.raelity.org/computers/internet/email/archive.html
> A single archive of one's own #
> | Mon 12 Apr 2004
> I've spent an inordinate amount of time over the years acting as 
> librarian for my mail archive, manually sorting and sifting, carefully 
> categorizing, and lovingly tending my history in email. After spending 
> a little time with ZOE and thinking about the single archive 
> methodology in Gmail (don't sort, search), I'm starting an experiment 
> today where any mail to be kept for any reason I'll be dropping into a 
> single Archive folder and relying on full-text and 
> To/From/Subject-based searching rather than sifting through project-, 
> person-, or mailinglist-specific folders. I'll check back in and let 
> you know how I get on. 
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