[Sugar-devel] coping with the traffic in sugar-devel

Walter Bender walter.bender at gmail.com
Tue Oct 5 12:05:29 EDT 2010

On Tue, Oct 5, 2010 at 12:01 PM, Gary Martin <garycmartin at googlemail.com> wrote:
> On 5 Oct 2010, at 12:05, Bernie Innocenti wrote:
>> On Tue, 2010-10-05 at 11:19 +0200, Tomeu Vizoso wrote:
>>> What about marking in some way those incoming emails that belong to a
>>> thread that has included the word 'bernie'?
>> That's really hard... Procmail, my email sorting software, is stateless.
>>> There's also the option of just going through the subjects, read the
>>> threads that look interesting then marking all of them as read when
>>> finished.
>> That's better, but it adds delay: I open my mailing list folders to
>> check for new mail only once in a while, when I'm done with everything
>> else.
>>> I'm starting a new thread about this because I often hear from people
>>> who have missed important developments because cannot cope with the
>>> traffic.
>>> I'm also on way more lists that I can read, but with a bit of
>>> automatic labelling and organization I think I manage to miss little
>>> of the relevant info.
>>> Any other tips?
> Just mucking around with a quick hack, how about this? It's a SOM for the month of Sept of every email from iaep, dextrose, and sugar-devel that mentioned "bernie" (including emails from bernie). That's about ~1171 emails filtered down to ~171 that mentioned "bernie" and mapped. I dialled up the number of top features from the usual 200 terms to 400 for a little more textual depth:
>        http://people.sugarlabs.org/garycmartin/2010-Sept-dev-dex-iaep-som-bernie.png
> And just for comparison and so I'm not picking on Bernie, here's the same thing for "gary":
>        http://people.sugarlabs.org/garycmartin/2010-Sept-dev-dex-iaep-som-gary.png
> I could do this for any keyword (the more unique the better), so it would be easy to perhaps map "etoys" or some other term a summary map might be of interest, also easy to include more mail-lists into the data set.
> Regards,
> --Gary
>> Cc'ing people conservatively is standard practice on many high-traffic
>> lists. Today the old arguments of wasted bandwidth are just ridiculous.
>> Occasionally someone complains for receiving dupes, but all modern MUAs
>> provide ways to suppress them. Sascha elegantly solved the issue by
>> setting the "Mail-followup-to" header to exclude himself from replies
>> (if the remote MUA supports it).
>> --
>>   // Bernie Innocenti - http://codewiz.org/
>> \X/  Sugar Labs       - http://sugarlabs.org/
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fun!! when will be be able to click on the words and go to the email
message in the archive :)


Walter Bender
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