thanks for your reply!
My motivation with this request is that I would like to continue to follow the discussions around Django, including those that are not in my immediate, daily interest. They are way to many messages to follow them all, so it is important to be able to scan new topics and new replies quickly.
Subscribing to mailing lists and filtering them in email software allows for a workflow that is very effective even if you’re using several distinct devices every day (home, office, laptop, mobile). This is what I have done with the mailing lists django-users and django-developers for more than 10 years. However, the switch to the forum makes this increasingly difficult.
This is how my forum screen looks today:
Only 15 subject lines at maximum screen height and a „last visit“ line of which I’m still not sure how it behaves across several, simultaneously open browser tabs or when I quit in the office, use the tablet in between and continue at home. And then there are only pale blue dots indicating new replies. The forum is fancy and maybe I’m just too old fashioned to grasp how it is effectively used, but I constantly find myself reading some messages twice and some not at all.
Using the forum’s mailing list mode helps with all that.
Dropping the leading
[Django Forum] prefix would help in that it makes the subject lines shorter.
Unfortunately, it does not help with the fluttering left margin which is caused by the category prefixes of varying length. This is my main concern however, because as shown in the screenshot in my previous post, it significantly reduces the ability to grasp the actual topic subjects easily.
Please consider this excerpt of an email header from an email from the forum:
X-Discourse-Category: Using Django/Forms & APIs
List-ID: Django Forum | Using Django Forms & APIs
In essence, it has all the information that is needed to know where the post belongs to, especially it’s category.
So you would be able to know where each message belongs to even if the categories were off in the subject lines. But. Hmmmm. I just realize that this is true for me, too. I could use this to filter all emails further into subfolders, one per category. It would be a big set of filtering rules, but it would help with the fluttering left margin as all category prefixes would be the same in each subfolder.
So I can probably almost solve my problem myself. However, the leading
[Django Forum] would then really be redundant so this approach would be very facilitated if it was removed.
I would still like to maintain my request to remove the category prefix as well, this would in my opinion be the best solution, but if, as you indicated, this is not acceptable, I would be very grateful if the
[Django Forum] prefix was removed.