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Finally: Google Modifies Gmail Conversation View

Google's Wiltse Carpenter seems to really like Gmail's conversation view (aka message threading). In a blog post dated Wednesday, he compared the feature to cilantro--you either love it, or you hate it, noting the websites dedicated to hating the herb. He went on to express how he loved the way message threading keeps everything organized, keeps all the replies to the replies grouped together with the original message. But he also acknowledged that not everyone feels the same way.

Either you love it, or you hate it.

"And just as an outspoken minority has banded together in unison to declare their distaste of one of nature’s most delicious herbs, some of you have been very vocal about your dislike of conversation threading," he acknowledged. "So just like you can order your baja fish tacos without cilantro, you can now get Gmail served up sans conversation view. Go to the main Settings page, look for the “Conversation View” section, select the option to turn it off, and save changes."

He added that Gmail users can revert back to the coveted conversation view at any time.

As indicated, Gmail users have been quite vocal about the feature since Gmail became available to the general public back in 2007. A petition was even started on the Gmail help forum, and thus far has racked up 1896 responses.

"Conversation view is perhaps Gmail’s most hotly debated feature," Google admitted in the official Enterprise Blog. "Threading enthusiasts say they spend less mental energy drawing connections between related messages and that their inboxes are much less cluttered. On the other hand, email traditionalists like many former Outlook users think conversation view just complicates something that has worked for years."

"We really hoped everyone would learn to love conversation view, but we came to realize that it’s just not right for some people," the company added.

Yay. For real.