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I subscribe to a mailing list, where a large number of messages are posted each day. I don't want these mails to disturb me, so I've set up a filter that automatically

  • moves these messages to a certain label and
  • skips the inbox

The Gmail filter is:

Matches: list:(ffmpeg-user.ffmpeg.org)
Do this: Skip Inbox, Apply label "Miscellaneous/FFmpeg-Mailing"

Now, sometimes I'd like to participate in a few threads. I would like those threads not to be automatically archived, but appear in my inbox like every other message.

How do I achieve this?

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You could star the threads you're interested in and edit your filter with:

list:(ffmpeg-user.ffmpeg.org) -is:starred

If you use the advanced stars features, you can use: (has:yellow-star).

More info on advanced stars filters on about.com.

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I have a label _Waiting. Can I also use that instead? E.g. don't filter stuff with the _Waiting label. It seems list:(ffmpeg-user.ffmpeg.org) - label:_waiting shows me just those with this label, which is exactly the opposite of what I want. –  slhck Dec 30 '11 at 14:03
    
More ideally, isn't there a filter for threads I participate in (e.g. where I have at least one mail sent)? –  slhck Dec 30 '11 at 14:07
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@slhck: No, there isn't a filter for threads you're participating in. –  Al E. Dec 30 '11 at 14:11
    
try to remove the space between - (minus) and label:_waiting. I've made a slight test on search box, removeing the space seems to be important –  JMax Dec 30 '11 at 17:47
    
This does not work. Stars apply to individual messages, not conversations. webapps.stackexchange.com/a/54708 –  Steven Penny Jan 21 at 1:08
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Visit Filter Messages from a Mailing List in Gmail.

If you select "filter messages like this" when you read a message from a mailing list, Gmail will filter the right messages using the listid: operator, that corresponds to the List-ID header. For example, listid:googlepress.googlegroups.com is the best way to find messages sent from the Google Press group. You should create filters that automatically label these messages, archive them or mark them as read.

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The new version of Gmail makes it easier to create filters for mailing list. If you select "filter messages like this" when you read a message from a mailing list, Gmail will filter the right messages using the listid: operator, that corresponds to the List-ID header. For example, listid:googlepress.googlegroups.com is the best way to find messages sent from the Google Press group. You should create filters that automatically label these messages, archive them or mark them as read.

Gmail also has a clever way to handle mail sent to a list you are subscribed to: it bypasses the inbox, but it's still available in Sent Mail or in other views. When you set a vacation responder, it won't be sent to mailing lists. If you don't want to read the next replies from a thread, you can ignore them by clicking on "Mute" in the "More actions" menu: all the replies will be archived.

Source: http://googlesystem.blogspot.jp/2007/11/filter-messages-from-mailing-list-in.html

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Change filter to:

Matches: list:(ffmpeg-user.ffmpeg.org) -from:youridhere@gmail.com
Do this: Skip Inbox, Apply label "Miscellaneous/FFmpeg-Mailing"

If you want to include mails directly addressed to you as well as the mailing list, try

Matches: list:(ffmpeg-user.ffmpeg.org) -from:youridhere@gmail.com -to:youridhere@gmail.com
Do this: Skip Inbox, Apply label "Miscellaneous/FFmpeg-Mailing"
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The second filter returns almost the same results, since the mailing list is always directly sending to me. I don't really get the conversations I participate in. –  slhck Feb 7 '12 at 8:27
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Another option would be to create a filter where it checks for your email address in the "From:" and the mailing list's address in the "To:" and applies a different label.

Matches: from:(slhk@example.com) to:(list@ffmpeg-user.com)
Do this: Apply label "participating"

It doesn't match exactly what you want to do, but the threads you're participating in will be easily found.

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