I haven't been here in a few years. No need. But today I had one of those HUH?
moments with this Outbox/Sent thing. So a single Google query led me to this 9+ year old thread.
After almost a decade of ongoing random confusion in the field, I'd think it's time to put this to rest. I completely understand the historical Inbox/Outbox metaphor, but that's only because I'm a child of the 60's and old enough to remember such things. What we're seeing is a common scenario where engineers see things one way while the rest of the real world sees them another. Being one of those engineer types I recognize this, and recognize that there are times when whatever I had in mind in development is unimportant when it becomes an ongoing UX issue in the field.
C'mon folks, shake this up a bit. Why hasn't this been changed so that items are moved to Sent, with an Unread flag and option to edit items with the flag? That's completely intuitive and in-line with other messaging applications. The term "Outbox" is purely a query/render issue. It should at least be a user option to decide if Unread PMs should be available in the Sent or Outbox folder.
Thanks for your time.