I would like to know exactly how GMail decides which e-mail conversation to show 1st, 2nd, 3rd, etc. in a list of conversations. (I am talking about the inbox, but I expect it would use the same rules for other views.)
Ideally the answer to my question would be here: https://support.google.com/mail/answer/5900?hl=en ...but that page is light on details.
(Please note that I am not talking about the ordering of e-mails within a conversation. That issue is everywhere on the intertubes (mostly people complaining about having to scroll to the bottom, when viewing a conversation, to see the most recent e-mail), which is part of the reason it has been so hard to find an answer to my question.)
I have read that GMail orders conversations "chronologically", but it is nowhere near that simple, as it depends on who sends the e-mail, who receives the e-mail, and whether
BCC is used! It might even depend on whether
Forward are used. ...confusing!!
I am asking because sometimes a conversation in which there is new e-mail activity fails to bubble to the top of my inbox.
Before posting this question, I did some testing, but I still can't make sense of it. Here is what I know so far...
This will send a conversation to the top of the list:
- e-mail from someone else "To" you
- e-mail from you "To" you
- e-mail from someone else "CC" you
- e-mail from you "BCC" you
This will not send a conversation to the top of the list:
- e-mail from you "To" someone else (and not "To" or "CC" you)
- e-mail from you "CC" you
What is going on? (and why is it so inconsistent, anyway??)