Double-you-tee-eff, Gmail?

Posted in Uncategorized by chazmeyers on the March 21st, 2007

I just noticed that if you rename or remove a label, filters don’t get updated appropriately.

For example, let’s say that I don’t like having MySpace or FaceBook notifications in my inbox, so I create a MySpace label and and
FaceBook label and set up filters that archives mail and labels it appropriately.

Let’s skip ahead a few months. I now have filters and labels set up for MySpace, FaceBook, Virb, Friendster, LiveJournal and many other websites. I’m starting to experience label overload. To try to keep things under control, I rename the MySpace label “Social Networking Crap”.

This is what I would expect to happen:

  • I should get some sort of warning that FaceBook, Virb, Friendster, LiveJournal, etc. labels are referenced in filters, so they shouldn’t be deleted.
  • Mail previously filtered under MySpace should notice the name change and now filter under “Social Networking Crap”.

This is what does happen:

  • FaceBook, Virb, Friendster, and LiveJournal mail just gets archived without any labeling. This is sub-optimal in my opinion, but somewhat understandable.
  • Mail previously filtered under MySpace is also archived without any labeling. WTF?

Of course, the real solution in this hypothetical scenario is to not participate in as much social networking crap. But I digress.

Update Did I speak too soon? It seems like sometimes the expected MySpace behavior works, while other times it doesn’t? Odd.

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