You know, some of these issues can be solved by creating a gmail account that you use just for mailing lists. Lots of space, good threading, search is fast, easy to separate by list, and no danger to your regular mailbox.
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Having been a long time user of mutt, I find that gmail's "threading" is seriously lacking.
Unless I've missed something (and I may have), it simply groups messages based on the
subject line. Change the subject and gmail thinks that it's a different "conversation".
Further, gmail obscures the tree structure in the thread. You can't readily tell which
message was replied to, making it hard to keep track of a heavily branched thread.
On the other hand, I agree with the remainder of the positives. The lack of true threading
is a sore subject with me.
I've been signed up to the Catalyst mailing list for years, and hardly ever read it. Gmail filters just fine, and if I ever need to search on something specific, it's dead easy. If I ever need to get rid of a mailing list, I unsubscribe and delete the label. Easy.
I find mailing lists usually tend to be better quality than web forums. That said, I recently asked some questions on Squid and Apache's mod_cache on the appropriate mailing lists, but they seemed to be a bit too "big picture" and were more or less ignored. It's those sorts of questions that tend to generate the most discussion on PerlMonks.