August 02, 2004
Gmail pisses me off

How do you sort Gmail messages?

Gmail FAQ

Sorting is by date. In Gmail, messages are already grouped by subject. You
can't change the sort order, but you won't have to because with advanced search, you can quickly find all messages from a particular person, group, or mailing list.

Now, fuck you gmail. Don't presume the only reason I would sort by name is to find a person or group of messages. I sort by name primarily to delete messages en masse from my inbox. As a good deal of my gmail is blog spam, it would take me %1000 longer to acomplish this task by searching instead of sorting. Fuckers.

It's not your place to decide how people use their email, and it's certainly not your place to presume a decent search feature eliminates the need for a basic sort functionality. to be sure, every email client I've used int he past decade has had a pretty good search feature, yet I still use sort a ton. tout your search if you wish, but don't force feed it by eliminating a basic feature. Yahoo! doesn't presume to know so much about what I do that it removes basic features.

Posted by danisaacs at August 02, 2004 10:17 AM | TrackBack

Agree. I use it to send my blog spam to so I can easily click the mt-blacklist link. Reminds me of a kvetching I need to do about Mt-Blacklist and it's (lack of) integration with MT.

Posted by: Dan Isaacs on August 2, 2004 10:46 AM

/Hmmm, seems like an over the top rant. If you don't like it, don't use it./

An over the top rant? On a blog? Really? :)

I agree that Google has a right to make their software how they want. That they can do something, however, is a different issue than I'm addressing. My point is that I can't believe they WOULD remove the sort feature.

I know I can choose not to use it. But I assume that when they asked me to use it, they wanted me to use it. I conceed that they don't deserve to be told to fuck off becuase of this attempt to shift the paradigm of email apps. But the subtitle of this blog addresses that issue.

Thanks for stopping by. I haven't posted in a long while, so I'm suprised anyone even read this, let alone was compelled to respond. :)

Posted by: Dan Isaacs on August 3, 2004 02:45 PM

Kevin, MT-Blacklist deleted your comment as spam. Sorry about that. I think the mysite link was blacklisted.

Posted by: Dan Isaacs on August 3, 2004 02:48 PM

Thanks for the phone # rodney! =)

Those fucks have been spamming me non stop. They keep adding new domain names so I keep having to add new filters to block the spam.

Maybe I'll give that asswipe a call...

Posted by: Anon on August 18, 2004 07:06 PM

Yeah.. I wonder why they have not provided the feature.. I really miss the sort functionality in gmail :(

Posted by: Arun.BS on March 1, 2007 11:25 PM

This is the only thing i hate about gmail. I have emailed them a number of times and suggested this feature, and i'm sure many other users have as well. They say to use "search," or use a pop client. Well number one, my reason for wanting a sort function has NOTHING to do with searching my mail. Absolutely NOTHING. What does searching my mail have to do with things showing up in my mailboxes the way I want them to? In almost EVERY operating system there is an Explorer-like application. This is the basic foundation app. of viewing multiple items in a list. Could you imagine if in Windows Explorer you could no longer have the view set up the way you wanted to? Say you have a folder with 1000 mp3 files, 10 wave files, 10 pdf files, 20 doc files. Windows Explorer only lets you view these in a list sorted by DATE and doesn't let you change the view. How the hell am I supposed to be able to find what I want with this? Oh, use the "SEARCH" function, DUH! Well instead of having the files arranged by type AUTOMATICALLY, I have to do extra steps to find what I'm looking for...CRAPPY! And if I wanted to use a POP client, I would use the POP email provided by my ISP and would have NO NEED for GMail. However, I LOVE the rest of GMail's features and am forced to stay with them. Looks like they will never implement a sorting feature either. I have looked on bulliten boards and people have been complaining about this for over 3 years now. Sucks for us.

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