Hans Fugal wrote:

> Ah, well can tell you're not a mutt user. You're apparently comparing 
> gmail with a lame threading mail reader (or perhaps to slashdot or 
> other web forums). I don't blame you for thinking gmail is superior. 
> If you'd like I can send you a screenshot privately. Mutt does all of 
> the things you mentioned - sorts threads and subthreads 
> chronologically by last post, easy to see the overall tree and you 
> only read one message at a time, etc.

Yep, I was actually thinking about Thunderbird.  I still haven't made 
the leap to pure text-based email reading.