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I have several IMAP accounts each with several identities in Thunderbird (17.0.5). I use the default "Local folder" as an archive for various mailing lists. Custom message filters move the mailing list mails to their corresponding local folder.

Now, when I want to answer a mailing list mail, I open it in the local folder, select an identity (for From) and compose the mail. While writing, Thunderbird auto-saves several (!) drafts of this mail. But instead of saving them to the IMAP account of the chosen identity, it saves the drafts in the very same folder of the mailing list mails.

So after sending the mail, I have, like, 10 mails in the mailing list folder. The last one was actually sent, all the previous ones are drafts I now need to delete manually.

Is it possible that Thunderbird saves the draft(s) in the corresponding Draft folder (of the account its identity I used), no matter in which folder I’m composing the mail?

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Which data file do you have set as the default file? –  Ramhound May 1 '13 at 16:15
    
@Ramhound: What do you mean by "data file"? –  unor May 1 '13 at 16:38
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