Le 03/11/2018 à 18:46, Donald Stufft a écrit :
On Nov 3, 2018, at 1:42 PM, Antoine Pitrou <email@example.com mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
Perhaps the difference is in that every mail client I’ve ever used presents mailing list threads (or any thread) as a singular flat stream anyways?
Er, really? Generally they give you an option to turn on or off threaded display. And that in itself is a huge advantage: you can change the setting at will, depending on your preference. Often you can even do so on a per-folder or per-account basis (at least with Thunderbird you do).
GMail’s webmail and Mail.app are really the only two mail clients I’ve used in the past decade or so to be honest.
I don't know anything about Mail.app, but as far as GMail I find it quite hostile UI-wise. Like many Google UIs, I might add (don't get me started on Google Groups :-/).
I find it interesting that you are so disturbed by threaded discussion views, while for some other people it's the reverse. That advocates for a system that allows both kinds of presentation, and Discourse isn't that.
As a side note, a similar debate was held about filesystem hierarchies in the 2000s. Some UI designers felt that tree-shaped hierarchies were too complicated for most people, and started talking about replacing them with elaborate task-driven views. At the end, some of the underlying technologies were kept (such as indexing and fast content-based search), but filesystem hierarchies are still the primary way of organizing user data on desktop / laptop computer systems.