As the core supported “starred messages” for years, why we go a step backward now?
the code in core was maybe 5% of overall effort needed to support all systems. it was never fully implemented and tested nor complete. search, starred-view, multi-device was not solved, and the whole ui on the different os was missing. plus ux-questions as mentioned above. also, if needed, the code can be restored. so, we were never close to having this feature, only very few was done. it was maybe a bit as (a) “finish” starred in time X? or (b) go for saved-messages in a fraction of X?
apart from that, everything’s right. of course, we know about the differences and there were lots of discussions before.
ux- and implementation-wise the current approach was easier to implement, that’s all. things are always in competition with other things. as said, maybe one day, we have both - or even more we cannot even imagine today