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    Because of its decentralised nature, email allows for large amounts of flexibility. When it comes to workflow, you can customise email for your needs.

    I want to elaborate on this point a bit, because it’s not as cut and dry as this. Because email is, by nature, a communication platform between multiple parties, often times your control over your workflow is bottlenecked by communicating parties agreeing on convention. The flexibility that makes the medium wonderful can also turn into a massive thorn in your side. This is why mailing lists must have conventions about formatting, because if everyone used a different format, things would become unreadable fast. This is also why service like ProtonMail can feel questionable at times when they promise “end-to-end encrypted” email.

    Rather than expand (poorly) on this topic, I urge those interested in these issues towards our own @ddevault for the technical perspective, as well as CGP Grey and Mike Hurley’s Cortex, who do a fantastic job putting words to many underlying issues with email.

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      Spam is a problem that exists on every communication platform

      In theory, yes. In practice, I’ve received spam on WhatsApp maybe.. two times over a period of several years, and not even once on Telegram.

      Email is a very good way of getting important updates to people

      Depends on the recipient. Many people don’t bother to look at their full-of-junk inbox, while checking every instant message reliably.

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        not even once on Telegram.

        Spam on Telegram is present, but only in public groups from my experience. I haven’t gotten a direct message with spam, while several groups I’m in get bots joining occasionally that post crypto stuff to attempt to scam (which are usually banned quickly since their usernames are indicative of this behavior). I desperately wish Telegram was more prevalent in the states.

        Depends on the recipient.

        This is the case with nearly everything :) Many people sit with thousands of unopened emails in their inboxes since they don’t take the time to unsubscribe from services they don’t care about. But I would also argue this is also dependent on provider. Gmail, for example, finds ways to put mail into categories that get checked less often than the primary inbox.

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        A balanced opinion, with which I very much agree.

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          While NeoMutt is great for mailing lists, I wouldn’t recommend it for most people.

          Why not?

          I’m using mutt pretty much for all emails. Even lobste.rs ;-)

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            I know I’ve said this before on this site and I’ll say it again, I really cannot stand reading blocks of mono spaced prose. Something about the character grid just makes my eyes glaze over.

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              Also, where is mutt on mobile? :)

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                My mum struggles to use webmail, if I were to try and get her to use NeoMutt she wouldn’t have a clue how to use it. For most people on lobste.rs however, using NeoMutt is not going to be an issue. Importantly, most people don’t use lobste.rs (or have similar technical know-how), so for most people I can’t recommend.