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10.6: Disable automatic setup in Mail's setup assistant
Authored by: ljharb on Sep 30, '09 12:13:52PM

Why would you want POP? POP treats email like it's physical mail, and doesn't work well with multiple computers. IMAP offers you all the same benefits - if you keep it in offline mode and connect only when you want to download, it works just like POP.

It's not much of a tip when it's recommending an obsolete technology.



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10.6: Disable automatic setup in Mail's setup assistant
Authored by: V.K. on Sep 30, '09 12:44:48PM

I personally don't want POP but many people do. The fact that you don't want it doesn't mean that others don't need it. If gmail offers POP as an option, Mail should be easily configurable to accommodate that.



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10.6: Disable automatic setup in Mail's setup assistant
Authored by: palahala on Sep 30, '09 01:09:16PM

I'd say: if one has no need for webmail or to share mail accounts, then why use IMAP?

And sometimes POP might even be preferred over IMAP. Like because using POP saves one from all kind of trouble with Sent Items or Junk messages, and makes moving (many) messages to another folder much faster. And people might have much more disk space on their own computer than on any server. Or for some their own computer might be more secure than some shared mail server.

(And for those who consider IMAP a means to backup messages: it's not. If you somehow delete messages from the server or from the local storage, then upon the first synchronisation they're gone on the other machine as well.)



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