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10.7: See and manage full conversations in both message list and preview
Authored by: foret37 on May 26, '12 11:06:22AM

This hint remains a bit cryptic and incomplete.
1) Part of the reason is due to the unexpected behavior of Mac Mail (Lion version).
If the "Conversations" smartbox were set up using any other mailbox, other than the Sent mailbox,
then all of the messages for that mailbox would be listed included as individual items in the smartbox.
Of course, by turning of the "View by Conversation" option, the messages from the Sent mailbox show up
as individual items as well. This seems puzzling at first, but it makes sense now, given that the
messages from the Sent mailbox have greater probability of having a conversation linkage to the
messages in the Inbox. I have many years of email, so messages from other mailboxes have a high probability
of being formed long before I started using Mac Mail Lion.

2) The beauty of this hint is that it does provide way of seeing the full conversation, including sent
messages. I think that this was the main reason that this hint has received favorable comments above.
But what is odd is that this issue, that Mac Mail Lion does not show sent messages in its conversation,
was not clearly stated at the beginning of the hint.

3) Another confusing issue concerns how "related messages" are treated. Let's make it clear that conversation
messages are those that add to the number shown in the right side of the item in the message list. If the
"Show Related Messages" option is selected (on the menu bar for a one-time selection, and in preferences for
permanent selection), then the preview to the right of the selected item in the message list will show
additional messages from all of your mail folders that might be related to the current conversation.
Mail has some algorithm for making this selection. This feature is really nice in that the additional
messages commonly are related but would otherwise be overlooked. The problem is that there is no way that
I have found to operate on more than one related message. You can try this out by finding a message that
shows only 1 message in its conversation but otherwise shows a bunch of messages in the preview. You will find
that you can select one message and move or delete it, but you cannot select a group of related messages in the
preview window. Of course if you delete the first message, which is the one listed in the message list,
the related messages all disappear from the preview because they no longer are related to the current item
in the message list. So, I have found that I can delete or move the related messages, but I have to do
it one at a time, starting from the bottom, not the top.

The hint discussed here claimed that it could be used to delete or remove groups of related messages.
I think that was meant to refer to groups of conversation messages. It does not provide a way to
operate on related messages.....

Does anyone have any suggestions towards that objective?

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