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Disable automatic "year" subfolder for archiving.

7013660 shared this idea 2 years ago
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I've never come across any other provider, service or application that does this by default.

It would be nice to have an option to disable it in mailbox.org's web UI. But this may be a limitation of the OX Suite.

Just having one large box for all archived mail is much better than having a folder for each year (for myself, anyway).

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I totally support this request - a lot (if not most) of users expect Archive folder just to hold all of emails.

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Definitely, I miss that feature.

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I too support this request. These subfolders are a terrible idea, especially because you need to click on the folder if you want to search an email. If just select the "Archive" folder, the search returns nothing. If I search an old email, I don't necessarily remember if it was from 2017 or 2015, and currently I'd need to search folder by folder. (Otherwise, I think the search feature is fantastic :) )

Mailbox team, please include a feature to turn it off.

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You can get around this by clicking "all folders" after the search results have popped up. At least via the web interface anyway.

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I stand corrected - thank you very much for pointing this out!

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I too support this request. These subfolders are a terrible idea, especially because you need to click on the folder if you want to search an email. If just select the "Archive" folder, the search returns nothing. If I search an old email, I don't necessarily remember if it was from 2017 or 2015, and currently I'd need to search folder by folder. (Otherwise, I think the search feature is fantastic :) )

Mailbox team, please include a feature to turn it off.

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I came here just to say the same - it's annoying! Majority of the clients allow you do configure archive path pattern (and opt for sane Archive/<original_folder> (so you maintain the structure). Mailbox team - please implement it!

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Please fix it. It's really a bad one

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Please give us the option to turn off archive-by-year.

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yes - please get rid of or at least an option to disable this "feature." I'm evaluating email providers right now and this could be a deal breaker for my IMAP setup. It is unfortunate because I like everything else about mailbox.org.

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I believe I may be able to adjust my .mbsyncrc file to workaround this. It's possible this feature may be advantageous. I would like to know how other mbsync users deal with the new default archive folder each January 1, e.g., Archive/2022.

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This would be so helpful, find it annoying right now that using email clients on a desktop the default there is to archive to the generic "archive" folder, not the year folders. This added with the fact that if you search the "archive" folder it doesn't actually search subfolders is definitely not ideal. Thanks for considering this!

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Any update on this? It's super annoying to always click move and select the archive instead of just the archive button.

Why not just implement a simple toggle and leave it up to the user.

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Thank you very much for this feature request of adding the option to have a unified archive folder.


We have carefully evaluated this and have decided not to implement it.

Our reasons:

  • Our deployment is rather a standard deployment. Thunderbird also separates archives by years.
  • If you search for an item, this is possible throughout the different archive folders. In this case, please use the option "All folders".

Sorry for any inconvenience.

We kindly ask for your understanding.

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This is definitely not standard. You are the only webmailer I've used that does this and apart from Thunderbird, where it is adjustable, I don't know of any client that does it.


This is just another example where Mailbox does its own thing, disregards user feedback and wishes and instead sticks to weird solutions.


I just don't get it...

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Same here - the only other place where archive is divided by year/month is Thunberbird, but it's an option (default, but still an option). I don't have any telemetry data but I'd wager a bet that majority of users disable it...

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Is there a way to change the default search so that search searches all folders by default? I try to keep the inbox nearly empty so when I search I always want to search all folders.

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"This is just another example where Mailbox does its own thing, disregards user feedback and wishes and instead sticks to weird solutions."


^ Exactly this

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Not allowing this to be configured results in inconsistent behaviour across mail clients.

For example I'm using the default Mail app on iOS. This has no option to configure archiving by year, so the result is that mail archived on iOS goes into the root of the Archive folder. Whereas mail archived in the mailbox.org webmail client goes into the Archive/2021 folder. So if I'm looking for something in particular I have to look in 2 places.

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