Sort by subject puts threads out of time order



MailNews: Message Display
16 years ago
14 years ago


(Reporter: Ian Pottinger, Assigned: Bienvenu)


Windows XP

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16 years ago
From Bugzilla Helper:
User-Agent: Mozilla/5.0 (Windows; U; Windows NT 5.1; en-US; rv:0.9.9+)
BuildID:    2002042608

If I choose "Sort by subject" the messages are sorted by subject, but there is
no guarantee that the first message in the list is the first posted. 

Reproducible: Always
Steps to Reproduce:
1. Open mail folder containing multiple threads 
2. Sort messages by  Ascending Subject
3. Sort messages by Descending Subject

Actual Results:  2. Subjects are correctly sorted in ascending order but
messages with
   the same subject are not *properly* sorted by  ascending date. 
3. Subjects are correctly sorted in descending order but messages with
   the same subject are not *properly* sorted by descending date. 

Expected Results:  IIRC, both Outlook and NS4 sort messages with the same
subject by date in the same ascending or descending order as the subject.

This makes it quite difficult to read threads sorted by subject.  I use this
sort order as a workaround to what I consider to be a quirk in mozilla's
threaded mode. Threaded mode often breaks a subject into multiple threads
scattered with different thread start dates.  I'm not sure if that is a bug or
if there is some logical reason behind it.  Regardless, I hope that one or the
other behaviour is rectified.

This bug is identical to the closed (WORKSFORME) Linux bug 57520.

Comment 1

16 years ago
Created attachment 81267 [details]
Image of bad subject sort - ascending

Comment 2

16 years ago
Created attachment 81269 [details]
Image of bad subject sort - descending


16 years ago
QA Contact: gayatri → laurel

Comment 3

16 years ago
we use arrival order as our secondary sort, not date. If you sort by arrival
order, can you see that the subject sort has arrival order as the tie-breaker?
Assignee: mscott → bienvenu
Component: Mail Back End → Mail Window Front End

Comment 4

16 years ago
no response from reporter, marking invalid.
Last Resolved: 16 years ago
Resolution: --- → INVALID
Product: Browser → Seamonkey
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