Re: [Evolution] CHI'96 paper on mail usability and some thoughts

Miguel de Icaza said:

coloring might be kinda neat, if not done with colors perhaps in a
different way (it's the idea that I liked more than the colors)

ETable/VFolder will offer a powerful tool for users, as it can do a
number of tricks [...]

Yes, while I was writing it I was thinking that the ETable stuff looks
pretty powerful for this kind of setup.  Essentially, I wanted to make
sure these kind of possible goals should be on the radar anyway -- so that
e.g. colorisation would be possible with ETable, and the other goals are
doable with vFolders.

But to make this effective, two problems must be solved:
      1. The use of these features should not be a hidden feature,
           or an advanced setting.  It should be presented to the user
      2. Users should start using the feature the sooner the
           better.  How can we insinuate this to users?

Even if the vFolders were not easy to use straight away, a good way to do
it would be if a set of predefined preferences/filters/vfolder setups are
included -- kind of like a set of vFolder "themes".

Advanced users could customise these; beginners would find them quite soon
(ie. as soon as they hit the preferences dialog at least).

BTW here's another thought -- it would then be nice if there was a way to
swap vFolder settings -- so e.g. I could mail a vFolder specification to
my team-mates as an attachment.  (although however I could see some
possible security issues with this.)

I also like the idea of leading the users quickly to a vFolder setup mode,
by providing "Always Tag Messages From..." menu items or similar.


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