"One reader pointed out that I neglected to mention the
message-scoring feature in Mutt. I neglected it because, frankly, I
don't use it. It's a great feature, and I even configured Mutt to
score messages, but I simply haven't developed the habit of using
On the chance that you'll find it more compelling than I do,
here's how it works. You can assign scores to messages based on
whether the message header matches certain criteria. Then you would
usually sort your messages based on the scores, so that the most
important messages rise to the top of the inbox, and the
unimportant ones drop to the bottom.
You can assign flat-rate scores, or you can define your rules so
some messages will accumulate higher scores if they match multiple
criteria. A common technique for scoring messages is to start with
a base score (I start with 500) and then add or subtract from this
number based on a number of rules."