I read thread again.
I think I understand your efficiency/server resources issues (as far as noob can understand coder ). But I suspect you missed my point, which was not about discussions, or e-mails, but TRADE. In particular 3) Easier Inter-Account Trade, and 6) TRADE LOGS. About 3) I said all, but about 6) (and a little bit about outbox):
Situation: Imagine: Someone asks Guild Crafter for crafting Huge Item, like CE Settlement Hubs (I mean amount of resources), more or less 40 resources (Here is limit 40 items per scheme, right? ). So Sender wants to see which items he sent, because it is easy to forget one name of 40. Receiver wants to see if he get all 400 required resources, in right quantities. As sending such amount can take an hour or so, Receiver could easily get batch of resources from other player. So he want to see sendings only from Player B , then only from our Someone. And then he has to collect payment for schematic share.
Problem: With current mail it could be nightmare. Sender have to copy/paste Storage before and after, and compare them, to be sure he sent all required resources. Receiver have to enter each message, mark by hand which resource he get, collect, and if he make mistake he is unable to verify (or collect all and make similar copy/paste before/after trick). With outbox it would be easier for Sender, and with outbox and 6) they could double check some issues (eg. Someone forget to attach credits - happens all the time, right now there is problem to verify/solve issues).
Solution? (I assume you prefer one bigger message than 40 small)
Can we have Trade (and some other activities) organized more like CE logs? Sender, instead of 40 messages in Outbox will see log with 40 lines: "123 units of XYZ were sent to Guild Crafter", and so on. Similarly, Receiver will see 40 appropiate messages "123 units of XYZ were sent by Someone". Those logs should be visible by 48-72 hours. But every day player should get one e-mail summary about last day activities, which will last as any other mail.
How to send stuff? - directly from Galctic storage to Galactic storage. Click on item name, then write down Captains name and amount, click "Direct transfer" and thats it
How to Pick up Stuff? - from Galactis Storage one click to page, which would have "transfer all" button and "transfer" for each resource.
- Filters for Logs: by player, "Exclude my own Toons", "Only my toons", "My guild only"
- Cash transfers included in logs too.
- Items Transfer visible in logs too. Similar system for Promenade storage would be overkill, but trace in logs would be useful
- If Receiver don't log-in (this particular toon?) for few days (Week?) Items sent goes back to Sender
- Log of not picked up items (Receiver didn't log in to particular toon)
As I wrote this, I seen my mailbox here and in CE. similar system (Log + 1 message daily) could be introduced for all generic messages - Skill training, Harvest session, Crafting, Emporium sales, and so on. If I play everyday - log is beter way to see what happened than 20 messages. if once per week - 7 messages are easier to read than 100. and easier to delete (important with poor connection!!!).
However I have no idea how would it works with real people (I like Excell, lol)
Did I write EOT before? lol, I hope I didn't annoy you (nor made other bad feelings )
If you introduce similar system to CE, for Malls, Trade, Emporiums, settlemnent, Ship crew, some Extractors messages, settlement Staff messages - 100's of messages would disappear from my mail box (90% ?)
Do you mean external forums, and other such services? (asking because I really have no idea)