App ideas: there should be a native app for browsing old-school mailing list archives.
Because hunting for those tiny "next message in thread" links on a webpage is not very convenient. The app could use the native navigation patterns of the platform, such as: swipes to go forward/back in a thread, a sidebar / pop-out navigation drawer for thread overview, plus a native search UI.
@bugaevc most archives will let you download monthly tarballs, that can then be imported in a regular email client. Navigation, search… you then get all those features. Close enough?
Yes, I can assemble something like this already from various components, but what I want is a native app designed and optimized specifically for this use-case: reading random mailing list archives.
@afranke My intended use case is this: I am given a link to some random mailing list archive. Perhaps the link was sent to me by a friend, or I found it using a web search engine.
@afranke I want to read the linked message (and perhaps some more messages from that thread) like right now, and then forget about it (or not).
I *don't* want to figure out how to get an mbox or a tarball and how to import it into an email client, especially if this is an old conversation on a now-dead maling list I don't plan to reply to.
@bugaevc We used to have mailing list archives in Newsgroups, and then any NNTP client provided native access. gmane.io still maintains NNTP access to its mailing list archives, though I haven't used those recently.
@bugaevc Ah sorry, I'm old 😉
I think I've even seen a moderately usable NNTP client for Android at some point, but most of the client software is probably as outdated as the protocol by now...
@bugaevc it's not a native app, but for this I like HyperKitty. https://docs.mailman3.org/projects/hyperkitty/en/latest/
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