I have over 25 rules and none of them look like that. Most were made during Mt Lion, and some were edited or added after Mavericks.
Also with yesterday's update. I noticed that the rules stopped working. But when I arrived back home and selected the messages that didn't do what they were suppose to do. And selected "Apply Rules". Everything else worked after that. Could it worked if I restarted Mail, perhaps.
i also confirm that my Rules dont have that overlapping GUI problem.
still, neither the rules created under Mountain Lion, nor new Rules created under Mavericks will move messages out of the Sent box into the appropriate folder. i was always able to do a Message/Apply Rules to Sent messages before, and it stopped working under Mavericks.
for Incoming messages however, all of my Rules do work on Incoming messages, before and even now, under Mavericks. Only have the problem with applying it to Sent messages.
With azamino's reply. I was able to verify that my Rules does work. I've had all Apple Support Discussions moved into a folder. Had it since Mt Lion and it still works under Mavericks, even with the Mail app update from yesterday.
I also have rules on my out going emails. Not to move them, but to change the back ground color so I know what email address I used. However, I made those rules after installing Mavericks and it does work. Haven't sent any email since yesterday though.
i confirm the same phenonomon as you mentioned: when making new Rules in Mail, if I use the command "Copy to" then the GUI has a kind of wrinkle effect as per yr screen shot.
i also confirm that as a work around, until apple fixes the "Move to" x folder command to be used, doing a Copy to then a "Delete Message" does work, in order to get Sent messages from the Sent box into folders.
I have the same problem with Mavericks' Mail rules.
I mainly use rules for incoming messages to be sorted to appropriate folders. 50+ rules worked perfectly in Mt Lion until my upgrade... I just upgraded from Mt Lion to Mavericks a few days ago, and it has been a very unpleasant whirlwind.
Only the newly received messages get moved properly by the rules.
None of the read messages already on the server with be moved by the rules manually, as it used to in Mt Lion.
There is another thread: "Mail rules in OS Mavericks 10.9 don't apply to Sent Messages" .
Seems like a rules to 'Play Sound' works even manually, but just not 'Move to' function.
I will try the Copy and then Deleted rules method, and see if I can 'move' messages around, until Apple fixes this issue.
Apple, please fix this immediately!!!
I waited patiently for Mavericks update 10.9.1 to appear but the problem with Rules has not been fixed. Very disappointing.
As many others have found, if you want to move messages from the Inbox to another folder, and Edit an existing rule to add a new address to be Moved to another folder, and then Apply the rule to that new address, Mail is determined to Copy the message rather Move it.
It's easy to miss that Copy is what's happening - at first nothing seems to happen because the message you want to move remains stubbornly in the InBox, but check the destination folder and you may find the message now also appears where you intended.
Fortunately for me at least, Move rules seem to work okay after that, but Applying a rule to a new address does not work as it should.
This seems a pretty simple thing - disappointed it's still not been fixed.
My rules look just as bad as yours [referring to your screen shot].
In addition, I would like to add the following important thing:
I also have coloring of the the mail (Set Color of Message) as a rule in between the Move and the Stop Evaluating rules. Each time the rule is opened, the rule gets a bit more obscured and overlapping, and after a few times, the Set Color rule is completely hidden! Even in cases where I have the coloring rule at the end, it will finally disappear! So it it does not even looks corrupt -- it looks like that rule is completely gone!
But the rules still work though.
If I quit Mail and reopen it again, I can once again see the Set Color rule, but again it gets obscured after a while.
Mavericks = Junk!
I waited long with this "upgrade" to Mavericks simply because I hate such obnoxiousness. I regret that I did not wait another half a year or so, or perhaps even a year or two... This Mavericks "upgrade" was said to be free, but it has so far cost me about 10 hours of wasted time (and counting), because it also screwed up the mail import completely so that many dates of old mails were reset to today! Priceless...
I have Mavericks 10.9.1. The rules interface looks good but I have the same problem:
When setting a rule that would copy my inbox IMAP mails to a local mailbox (inbox 2014) on my Mac Pro
and an other rule that would copy my sent IMAP mails to a local mailbox (sent 2014)
The mails are mixed up in the local mailboxes or the rule doesn't apply at all! or weired things happens!?
I tried this as well on my macbook pro (also 10.9.1), same problems!
Talked on the phone with the Apple support about this and I should have a feedback within one week...
Well, the latest Mavericks update 10.9.2 seems to have fixed the rule issue in Mail, I think.
Mine is now Mail version 7.2 (1874), and applying the 'Move to' rules even to the emails left on the server, now correctly get moved to the appropriate folders on my Mac.
I haven't tested intensively yet, but will try once again tomorrow.
Mail.app in 10.9.2 is as bad and lousy as before! No improvement concerning the problems that have plagued me:
(1) Rules look just as bad as before. Each time the rule is opened, the rule gets a bit more obscured and overlapping.
(2) Many old mails have the wrong text encoding, and there is still no way to change that!
Mail.app in Mavericks: the worst mail application I have used in the last 20+ years!
Mavericks = Catastrophy!
I got a very unsatisfying answer from AppleCare Engineering basicly saying that rules setting is not planned to work with the sent mailbox (even if there is a tab "sent" in the rules setting !!!?). What ever that means!
They apparently know about the rules problem and as I can read in the apple forum these issues are known for long. So hopefully they will do something soon. I have also problems with rules on the inbox and there is unfortunatly several other bugs in Mail.
I am thinking like Harald. I am so far happy with Mavericks but Mail is really a catastrophy!! I have also 10.9.2. and if all these issues are not solve with 10.9.3 I will for sure go back to Outlook for Mac.