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I am subscribed to a couple mailing lists, but there are some topics I am not interested in. Thunderbird groups topics nicely in threads, but always highlights threads with new answers.

When I delete a thread, new messages continue to come in but are just unbundled without the initial question, that is even worse.

Is there some way to ignore a thread and all follow-up?

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I don't know of a way to do it through Thunderbird, but if you're using a gmail or google apps email account, you can "mute" conversations through the web interface. There is also a Lab that you can enable called "Smart Mute," helps even more.

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Thanks, but I just have a plain IMAP account. – Martin Ueding Apr 29 '11 at 17:14

There is a Thunderbird add-on called "MuteThread" that is intended to do exactly this. It's billed as a prototype, so no guarantees that it will work for you.

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