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I think we should look at the proposed idea as two-fold:

1) giving E-Mails more inherent structure that is managed centrally (streams) instead of by each user (filters, folders).

2) making E-Mail more synchronous instead of asynchronous.

As far as I understand, you're arguing against (2). I agree with everything you wrote, however I still find (1) a very good idea. It is also an idea that IMO could be implemented entirely without changing the protocol - it's just a question of where you put this additional information. Streams could also simply be represented as a group address in the CC field that is managed differently by their client/server architecture, but otherwise fully downwards compatible.

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