Maybe I was spoiled by Pine.
Here's how you read your mail using it:
Press I to go to the inbox message list.
You will see the first unread message.
Press R to reply, F to forward, D to delete, I to go back to the inbox.
Repeat until you have no more mail.
Yes, this is simplistic, and it's nicer to be able to see the mailbox at the same time as the messages, but you can go through a lot of mail this way.
It's old fashioned and crappy in many ways, but it seems done by people who actually read mail using it.
I am liking kmail well enough for the last year or so, but I decided to check alternatives, just in case I was missing something.
I had heard good things about Claws, a fork of Sylpheed, and it does the same crappy thing most other GUI mail clients do:
Open the INBOX.
Click on the mail you want to read.
You can forward or reply.
But if you want to delete... the message list shows that you shifted to the next message, but it won't display. You need to press enter, then wait until it shows (no disconnected IMAP?).
Dude, let me go through my mail fast, please? It's perhaps my most important task of the day, I need to do it every 30 minutes, I need it to be as fast as possible. I want a queue. I want triage.
I see a message, I must either:
Delete it because it's useless
Tag as important/for later/todo/whatever.
Save to another folder
That's it. It's not a difficult workflow!
And I need to do this without waiting for the messages to download one at a time! If I wanted to work that way I would use a freaking webmail.
Kmail lets me do these things. So far, it's the only GUI IMAP client that does.
Anyone has a suggestion for a lightweight IMAP client that works that way?
And no, I am not going to install evolution just to see it I can do the same thing using a larger program that drags half of gnome along :-(