Before I moved off of Gmail, I extracted an archive of all that e-mail and placed it in a Maildir folder and put it on my current IMAP server.
Maybe once or twice a year I'll go through and read some old e-mails .. reading stuff today from 2005. We talked so much differently back then ... we actually wrote out our thoughts in long form.
Over the years there have been fewer and fewer people I've done that with. Today it's probably less than 5, and it might be months between replies.
@djsumdog I have all my email going back to 1993 and have been meaning to load the old stuff into my current IMAP server.
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