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Re: [Pan-users] Re: Feature request

From: Chris Petersen
Subject: Re: [Pan-users] Re: Feature request
Date: Wed, 10 Apr 2002 09:16:39 -0700 (PDT)

On Tue, 9 Apr 2002, Charles Kerr wrote:
> On Tue, Apr 09, 2002 at 09:47:37PM +0100, Richard Kimber wrote:
> > Currently, the newsgroups window lists the number of "Unread" articles.
> > I'd like to request that there be an option to list the number of "New"
> > articles instead.
> I think this is a great idea.  I think replacing `unread' with `new'
> is a logical extension of the new/old/read/unread --> new/unread/old 
> conversions we did earlier in 0.11.

I don't think i quite get what's going on with this request (unless this
is merely a semantic request - replacing the word "unread" with the word
"new" in which case I don't really have an opinion), but personally, I'd
rather that effort be put towards getting Pan to correctly report new
messages.  A few months back, this topic was brought up, discussed and
then (as far as I can tell) fizzled out.  To explain:

I often grab headers with shift-A while in the midst of downloading things 
- sometimes several times before I actually get around to reading a 
particular group.  When I finally get around to opening a group, there are 
a bunch of "new" messages there (as you'd expect).  Opening the group also 
has the effect of starting the automatic load of new headers for that 
group (usually only a couple if it hasn't been long since my last 
shift-A), and when those arrive, all of my previously "new" articles 
(which are still new to me, having not read the group) are marked as 
not-new and (more annoyingly, though I wouldn't know how to fix it) the 
page is scrolled back to the top.  The suggested fix was to just not mark 
as not-new any messages that were already marked as "new" in the 
currently-viewed group - though it might be wiser to limit that to 
automatic header downloads, letting manual requests keep the current 
behaviour.  Regardless, I'd like to suggest that this get re-opened for 


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