Every new year is a time of cleaning. After getting back to Inbox 0, my next target is my mailing list subscriptions.
It must be something psychological, but I cannot bring myself to unsubscribe from some of these mailing lists. I don’t check on them daily, but once in a while it’s darn useful to search through my local copy of mails on, say, selinux, and find solutions for a problem I’m having.
However, all this mailing list mail brings me a lot of headache. My email client is slow, and I would want it to be fast for the real mail I’m getting (from actual people, needing actual work). It’s hard to track the mails that matter – all my list mail gets put into folders automatically with some procmail magic, but it also means that some of the things I should be paying more attention to are just another bold folder in Evolution somewhere down the mail tree. And lastly, the server where I host my mail shared with friends gets too much traffic, and syncing 3 different evolutions over IMAP with it is a big part of the burden.
I vastly prefered the newsreader model of old, and I think the de facto standard of mailing lists really is a mistake. But I’m not sure what to replace it with.
What I want:
- have selected mailing list archives be available on my machines, locally
- have them synced/updated automatically
- have them out of the way of my normal mail usage unless when I need them
I’ve been considering getting a separate email account just for email lists for this purpose, although I don’t look forward much to having to change all my subscriptions, and would first like to hear from other people how this approach works out for them.
There used to be a push towards web-based mailing list subscriptions, but I don’t know if anyone is really seriously using that, and I would like to have the option of reading these mailing list archives offline.
How do you separate your ‘real’ mail from your mailing list mail? How do you handle them?