User-Agent: Mozilla/5.0 (Macintosh; U; Intel Mac OS X 10.5; en-US; rv:126.96.36.199) Gecko/20090729 Firefox/3.5.2 GTB5 Build Identifier: Mozilla/5.0 (Macintosh; U; Intel Mac OS X 10.5; en-US; rv:188.8.131.52) Gecko/20090715 Thunderbird/3.0b3 From a developer perspective these two functions are totally different, one about communication with the imap server the other about decisions the thunderbird client makes about retrieving messages. But from a user perspective, they are closely related. "Yes, I want this folder visible AND I want its contents available when disconnected." Merging the UIs would make this continuum more evident. My initial confusion about these two different settings was an artifact of bug 493455 -- unsubscribed folders do not normally show up in the advanced offline settings (but currently for gmail folders). Because they show up in Offline Settings even when unsubscribed, it was unclear to me what it meant to sync when not subscribed. But even if they do disappear from Advanced Offline Settings when unsubscribed, I believe it is better from a user perspective to merge these related concepts into a single UI. I would propose changing the existing subscription dialog to have two checkboxes [subscribe X sync offline X] (with behavior that clearing subscribe clears or hides the sync offline checkbox) Reproducible: Always
Status: ASSIGNED → UNCONFIRMED
Ever confirmed: false
Thomas do you need help to produce a patch ?
I am actually pretty close to a first patch, but currently I am on fullstop because my Laptop was broken got "repaired" and is broken again etc. So the one I am currently using is good enough for normal business but it's way to old to compile Thunderbird. It just takes ages. But this will hopefully change within the two weeks.
Thomas ? (In reply to Thomas Schmid from comment #3) > I am actually pretty close to a first patch, but currently I am on fullstop > because my Laptop was broken got "repaired" and is broken again etc. So the > one I am currently using is good enough for normal business but it's way to > old to compile Thunderbird. It just takes ages. But this will hopefully > change within the two weeks.
Signed up to the site exactly for suggesting this feature. Would do wonders for end users. The problem: it's annoying to go to an extra UI to set simple things liks "always check new messages for this folder", or for that matter, any other setting for a suscribed folder. I suggest the following changes that would improve the situation: 1) Merge the context menus/windows "Suscribe" and "Properties" (Could be named "Manage folders") 2) Have, upfront, the simple view of the current folder subscription UI, but on folders the user chose to subscribe, enable extra columns for simple settings that don't have suboptions (example: "always check messages") 3) For settings with suboptions: 1) have an advanced settings button per folder, OR 2) in the respective column have a button with "..." that leads to extra settings, OR 3) provide an "advanced view" for the "Manage folders UI" that would correspond more closely with the current "Properties" window. Thank you for thunderbird
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