Dorai is a bright guy. I ping his site from time to time and he always has some nifty idea brewing. Tofay I was reading his story about using a wiki for email storage and it makes a lot of sense. I’m one of those types that keeps a slew of email floating around several subfolders in my mail client. I use Kontact/KMail and it’s an unorganized mess that I attempt to make sense of with sub folders, sub-sub folders, filters, custom audio chimes and all. No matter what I do it just looks horrible! I have about 20+ top level folders all different colors, three configured mail accounts (there used to be two more but glitches on both the server and my client forced my list down to 3.) and more filters than you can stick a shake at. Everytime I look at it all I can say is, “this needs help!” Now I’m thinking wiki. A wiki would be perfect for managing emails and such. I could configure KMail to automatically post to an instance of SnipSnap or something like that where I could later go in and manage mail, link related items and such. It’s be real cool if I could get email replies to fall as replies under the original email posted in the wiki.
Then again, what’s wrong with regular KMail searching filtering and organization? The search feature is powerful. I can create custom searches that work like database views. I can expire messages from folders after x number of days. I can play the name of the person sending the email over my speakers as it arrives. (I’ve done most of these things and I still have a mess!) Maybe I’m just looking for something different. I use SnipSnap as our office bliki all the time and I find it a fun way to organize data, code, and other misc. docs. I’m thinking I could create a private wiki instance for my email and suck it into Kontact via RSS and maintain tight integration. I’d use the wiki to read and organize mail and I’d keep a temporary archive in a folder in Kmail that would expire mail after a week. Spam would still of course get filed into the spam buckets and life would be good. Just a thought.