Searching is, I am often told, the new sorting – witness GMail, which doesn’t really have the idea of folders for mail at all, and the popularity of Desktop Search. (My experience with Beagle was not really a pleasant one, but I’ll save that for another post.)
I certainly find myself spending mental energy on “in which folder do I file this message?” far too often, and the only thing folders seem to do for me is cause me to look in the wrong one when I want something. Therefore, I am considering taking all my archived mail and dumping it into a single folder per account – sent mail and all.
As this is, after all, a hard-to-reverse process, I need to consider whether my IMAP server and Thunderbird will both be able to cope. Does anyone have any experience of using this approach on a large message base?
For sizing purposes, I appear to have 3595 non-spam messages in total in my personal account, and 8648 in my Mozilla account. The IMAP server concerned is tuschin.blackcatnetworks.co.uk, which runs Courier IMAP.