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Comments on How do I check email without depending on a mail client?

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How do I check email without depending on a mail client?

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I use email frequently, for many things, some of them important (banks, work). From what I've seen, all the offline mail clients (like Thunderbird, Evolution, Kmail) suck for a power user - mail filters are always some arcane, hard to use scheme that is difficult to version in a dotfiles repo, the programs themselves have very complex configuration backends with many bugs, and are often opinionated about UX with all the wrong opinions. Webmail is even more terrible - mainstream ones have limited filter functionality (eg. Gmail with >20 rules) while "alternatives" like Protonmail now treat filtering as a premium feature.

I don't want to dive into hosting my own mail server yet. How can I use mail from a third party provider in a more flexible way that I can control?

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Forget webmail from any major provider (1 comment)
Forget webmail from any major provider
manassehkatz‭ wrote 12 months ago

The problem with webmail is you have almost no control. I have had numerous calls over the years from customers using Gmail/Yahoo mail/AOL/etc. because the provider made some updates and they either can't figure out how to do their usual tasks or they just plain don't like the new style. At least with a desktop client you have control over if/when you do any updates.