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Post Posted September 28th, 2005, 6:21 am

Would be really nice if I could mark a number of emails, and send a new message to all senders (and optionally other recipients). By marking I mean the normal process of selecting mails with shift and mouse cursor or cursor keys.

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Post Posted September 28th, 2005, 7:16 am

A "reply" usually means responding to a particular message. How could you "reply" to the content of multiple messages with just one message in response?

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Post Posted September 29th, 2005, 1:36 pm

samsara wrote:send a new message to all senders (and optionally other recipients).

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Post Posted September 29th, 2005, 7:39 pm

So all that you really save by that is not having to enter the email addresses?

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Post Posted September 30th, 2005, 2:09 am

Not just that - you would also be making a more intuitive interface.

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Post Posted September 30th, 2005, 3:32 am

I see this could be convenient for some people, but it is by no means intuitive ; )

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Post Posted September 30th, 2005, 10:46 am

RAF wrote:I see this could be convenient for some people, but it is by no means intuitive ; )

What is not intuitive about it? What would you expect to happen?

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Post Posted September 30th, 2005, 12:57 pm

I think it's not intuitive because 'the normal process of selecting mails with shift and mouse cursor or cursor keys' isn't normal to me. I never use this and probably would not come across this feature if that was the only way to go about using it.

The intuitive way for this is a mailing list, I believe.

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Post Posted September 30th, 2005, 2:11 pm

RAF wrote:I think it's not intuitive because 'the normal process of selecting mails with shift and mouse cursor or cursor keys' isn't normal to me. I never use this and probably would not come across this feature if that was the only way to go about using it.

The intuitive way for this is a mailing list, I believe.

That's a more work-intensive way to do it, and hence not suitable for situations where you won't need to use the same list again.

The situation I envisage is when you've just sent out some instance of mass communication (a press release, say), and ten people get back to you with the same question. Select those emails, click "send to all", write, send off - simple? I think so. And useful. It's very Apple, but they haven't come up with it yet!

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Post Posted September 30th, 2005, 2:20 pm

And very simple to emulate with a "mailing list" equivalent. Create a new address book and save the 10 names to that book, select all from that address book and use that as your mailing list. Delete that address book after sending, or keep it in case you want to follow up with that group later.

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Post Posted October 1st, 2005, 2:05 am

DanRaisch wrote:And very simple to emulate with a "mailing list" equivalent. Create a new address book and save the 10 names to that book, select all from that address book and use that as your mailing list. Delete that address book after sending, or keep it in case you want to follow up with that group later.
And how am I going to select from an address book those people who emailed me in the last ten minutes? Other than by searching each name and adding them?

Make it easy, because Apple/Microsoft/etc. will.

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Post Posted October 1st, 2005, 2:07 am

And you can still give people the option to save the list into their address book after they send the mail, similar to the way that Yahoo mail always asks.

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Post Posted October 1st, 2005, 6:52 am

I really doubt that something like this is in the forefront of people's minds when the choose a mail client. It will probably be used infrequently and there is a simple alternative.

TB already has an option to let you store outgoing email addresses to a "Collected Addresses" address book so no development required there, just a option selection. And what I was suggesting called for the creation of a temporary address book which would be used to collect (via right click context menu) the addresses from the last N messages in your message list pane.

On the other hand, if you feel it has merit, I hope that you'll let us know when you complete work on the extension to make it work as you describe.

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Post Posted October 1st, 2005, 6:58 am

Hmm... samsara.xpi has a nice ring to it ;)

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