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Implement Email labels

9074329 shared this idea 4 years ago
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The webmail interface would be a lot more functional if it provided the possibility to assign labels/tags in addition to sorting emails in folders (e.g. like zoho mail). As labels are integral to my workflow, the lack of a labelling functionality is what currently prevents me from moving all my email communication to mailbox.org.

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Labels are so much more flexible than folders. For instance, you can pin multiple labels on the same mail. Try doing that wit folders: you end up either copying mails, or don't remember in which possible folders you finally store your email.


Once you tried them, you can't make do without. I am surprised this isn't a feature already. Hopefully it will be soon

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Yeah, this is a no brainer. We need labels. Like said, because you can stick more labels to one mail. But also because when you want to use the archive function you lose the folder structure so all sorts of mail are in one big list. Labels would create some structure in the archive folder.

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Agreed, labelling (as per in gmail and protonmail) is essential for me


I cant seem to sort flags and stars easily (or obviously)


Please implement labels as its the only thing ruining the mailbox experience for me

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Any plans for labels in the new upgrades?

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Been trying out Mailbox. It's a nice service but the lack of labels are holding me back from switching. Labels are fundamental!

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Migrating from Gmail, after 10 years using their labeling system, this is what is holding me back too.

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I can leave without google labels... And I rediscovered the use of the Desktop Client, now I am using Mailbox only with Firefox, it is a nice experience and it gives me all the feature I need.

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As workaround, I have created an address book per label and it is fine for me.

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While I prefer folders to labels (and lack of them annoyed me with Gmail) there are certain areas where labels could help: imagin having a couple of domains - sorting mail to each folder is not the best way to differentiate those, labels would be perfect!


Could someone from the team shed a light wheteher this would be even considered to be on the roadmap?

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Yes, labels are essential in my view, and also that they are visible per message in the message list.

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I would also like to have Gmail-style labels. Adds a lot of flexibility. Hopefully, this is coming soon?

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One more voice here: having labels would be great!

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I second this.


IMAP Flags are also an ideal implementation, since these are used for labeling with - basically any other email service than gmail.


And IMAP Flags are already supported via your servers implementation.

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@ 2891587:

Currently our setting is as follows:

Flagged and color: With this mode the user gets offered the special \Flagged system flag in addition to the color flags. They are set independently, so that setting a color doesn´t set \Flagged and setting \Flagged will not be mapped to a color. 
Kindly open up a ticket with us and describe in a detailed way which functionality apart from that described above you'd require.

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@2009 (mailbox support)


That would be this ticket instead of another IMHO. This ticket / request (as I understand it) is not about the "flagged" or "colored flags" toggle-state (in the webclient).


The IMAP Flags (see: https://tools.ietf.org/html/rfc3501#section-2.3.2 ) are the mechanism for a few things, used-defined keywords are one of them, "seen" and the flagging you're talking about too.


Your IMAP server supports user-defined keywords (saved in IMAP Flags). In short, IMAP Flags (the mail-server stuff) is the mechanism behind both "flagging", "colored flagging" and (user defined) keywords (/ labels) - the subject here.


The issue is that:


  • The webclient does not display "labels / keywords set" via another IMAP client (example: MailMate for Mac, Thunderbird, ...)
  • The webclient does not allow you to set (user defined in webclient or set previously via another IMAP client) labels / keywords.
    Hopefully this clarifies the issue...

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any updates about that potentiality?

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Same here. Please implement labels.

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Labels are awesome, but the only way to actually use them is the webclient, isnt it? Most clients just treat them as folders.

Unfortunanely the only mail client i know which is supporting labels is BlueMail, but they are no option for me because of their privacy policy. I think I have to wait until labels become more popular.

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Check out FairMail. They have a setting 'Show Gmail labels in Message Headers"

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Wow I use FairEmail but did not know this, thanks!

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