Show conversation folder names #667

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jturner314 opened this Issue Nov 8, 2012 · 5 comments

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One extremely useful feature of Gmail is that the user can see the labels for all of the messages in a conversation at the top of the conversation thread. (See this image as an example.) It would be awesome to to have a similar feature in Thunderbird Conversations (displaying all of the folders that a conversation's messages are in), so that filing messages would be much more straightforward. I would recommend putting the folder names beside the subject line.

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protz commented Nov 9, 2012

Why not? The problem here is the semantics, since we can tag individual
messages in Thunderbird, not entire conversations... Will we show the
label at the top if all the messages in the conversation have that
tag or only if at least one message in the conversation has that tag?
Or the majority of messages?

Apart from that, I think it shouldn't be too hard. I really don't have
the time right now for that sort (minor, in my opinion :)) feature
requests, but if you know Javascript, I'd be happy to point you to the
right pieces so that you can write a patch!

Cheers,

jonathan

On Wed 07 Nov 2012 07:39:39 PM EST, Jim Turner wrote:

One extremely useful feature of Gmail is that the user can see the
labels for all of the messages in a conversation at the top of the
conversation thread. (See this image
http://zapp5.staticworld.net/images/article/2011/10/new-gmail-3-5228556.jpg
as an example.) It would be awesome to to have a similar feature in
Thunderbird Conversations (displaying all of the folders that a
conversation's messages are in), so that filing messages would be much
more straightforward. I would recommend putting the folder names
beside the subject line.


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protz#667.

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protz commented Nov 9, 2012

Also there's the problem of horizontal space. I'm using a vertical
layout, and horizontal space is scarce...

On Wed 07 Nov 2012 07:39:39 PM EST, Jim Turner wrote:

One extremely useful feature of Gmail is that the user can see the
labels for all of the messages in a conversation at the top of the
conversation thread. (See this image
http://zapp5.staticworld.net/images/article/2011/10/new-gmail-3-5228556.jpg
as an example.) It would be awesome to to have a similar feature in
Thunderbird Conversations (displaying all of the folders that a
conversation's messages are in), so that filing messages would be much
more straightforward. I would recommend putting the folder names
beside the subject line.


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protz#667.

I agree that the semantics for Thunderbird and conversations don't exactly match up. Gmail's core semantic unit is conversations, while Thunderbird's is individual messages. The goal of my suggestion is really to make Thunderbird look more like Gmail on the surface. In that respect, a folder name would be shown at the top if any of the messages in the conversation were in that folder.

I hadn't thought about horizontal space. In a narrow window, maybe the folder names could wrap below the subject line onto a second line? Regardless, I think this should be an option for the user to turn on/off.

I don't really have time to implement this suggestion right now, either. Hopefully, I'll have time during winter break. It would be really helpful if you would point me to the right places.

Thanks,
Jim

As protz told iam using vertical folder view too.
So the folder name shown right now in collapsed view causes to focus to be stolen from the first lines of message.
Ideally the focus should be on the first line as its gives an indication on whats inside the mail.
Moreove the colour used for foldernames now is too catchy.
It pops out and catch your eye.
That is not a good thing.
Folder names should be visible only when the user looks for it.
For these things my suggestions are

1)Chage the folder name color from blue to some grey.The text inside can be some darker color
2) move the folder name to right.But to the left of date.So we can scan from left and right by eye and the most useful info is shown. Since folder name is in between it donot distract the user.

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protz commented Mar 25, 2015

Closing (vague, major rework of both Thunderbird and Conversations, nothing that can be fixed in the near future)

protz closed this Mar 25, 2015

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