This is exactly what I do -- read the subject and delete the email without reading if it is not of interest to me at the time. I can always go back in the archives if something that was not of interest to me then is now.
I just do not think that there is any need for any new action, other than to plead with everyone to make the subject title relevant to the content. And please remember to change the subject when responding to a posting but going off at a tangent or on to a related topic.
From: Guy Taylor <email@example.com> Subject: Re: [CR] overload To: firstname.lastname@example.org Date: Thursday, 5 November, 2009, 2:14
I'm not nearly as sophisticated as some computer-wise members. I just look at the email title and then delete un-read most of what I see. If I see a title that sounds interesting or has to do with a subject I am interested in, I'll read them. Examples: Gitane, don't have one, delete. Brakes or no-brakes, not interested, delete. Johnny Berry, got one, very interested, read. Am I missing a lot of information that I would find interesting or useful? I'm sure I am. But it's either do this or use up hours each day to go through the email bodies to glean everything possible. It works for me.
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