Minimal skills

Polytropon freebsd at
Fri Jun 5 00:43:36 UTC 2020

On Thu, 4 Jun 2020 17:08:01 -0700, Donald Wilde wrote:
> If it's an Android phone, whatever MUA you have on it should also have
> such setting switches.

Emailing on a smartphone is a terrible experience. Real people
use a real computer for real stuff. :-)

> What I'd suggest that you do is to go to and create
> brandon.helsey at and subscribe that address to your
> open-source mailing list collection. The GMail client can be accessed
> from any (lynx, anyone? Haven't tested THAT one :) ) web browser, so
> you can use this on your FreeBSD machine or even a public library
> computer.

Which, from a security point of view, is one of the worst things
you can do. But as there already is a FreeBSD system with X, all
that's needed is the installation of a decent MUA, and there are
plenty of them available: Thunderbird, Sylpheed, alpine, mutt, just
to name a few without judging. Sure, you need to do a few settings,
but unlike what you have on smartphones, you actually _can_ do
this, if the defaults are not reasonable. This is an O(1) thing:
You make those settings _once_.

> The downside to GMail is that it is more difficult to categorize
> e-mails, but IIRC it can be done.

In my opinion, it's just added complexity to something as simple
as email. Adding Google's Gmail to the mix does not lead to any
benefits, I'd say. Probably "" already offers some
web mailer that could be used. But as there is IMAP confirmed,
why not use that with a normal mailing program on a real computer?
Anything is better than trying to do this on a smartphone, without
real success... :-)

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