> Why does the list even offer a digest form? Isn't that unnecessary
> in this century? Surely any sensible mail client can collect
> individual messsages from some list into a folder of its own, etc.
> No need to do the digesting at the sending side. It only causes
> problems like this.
In particular in recent days, I am receiving multiple digests per day. Add
to that being out of town and not having access to the master computer where
I store my e-mail locally. Receiving everything split into single e-mails
would clog my e-mail account and make me overlook other, non-list e-mail too
easily when I check e-mail via my web-mail service. Note that I am on a
number of lists/groups, not just MinGW, and thus would receive easily some
150-200 e-mails per day just from the groups and lists. The digest are
therefore an essential tool of keeping my e-mail manageable and accessible
from remote locations. Besides, they help limit the growth of my e-mail
file; I wouldn't want to archive more often than, say, every two years. So
I think digesting is perfectly adequate even for the 21st century.