Add preference for mark the message as read after replying to an unread mail

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enhancement
8 years ago
11 months ago

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(Reporter: Kedar P Bhise, Unassigned)

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Description

8 years ago
User-Agent:       Mozilla/5.0 (Windows; U; Windows NT 5.1; en-US; rv:1.9.1.5) Gecko/20091102 Firefox/3.5.5
Build Identifier: Mozilla/5.0 (Windows; U; Windows NT 5.1; en-US; rv:1.9.1.5) Gecko/20091204 Lightning/1.0b2pre Thunderbird/3.0

I use a POP3 server account inside Thunderbird.

In Tools > Options > Advanced > Reading & Display, I have
"Automatically mark messages as read" disabled. Thus, messages remain as read even when browsing via message pane. This is OK behaviour.

However, when I pick any of the unread messages and use the context menu to reply to that message, the message status does not change to "Read". The message remains highlighted in bold, and the folder pane unread count remains at previous value. I have to press "M" to mark it as read.

Reproducible: Always

Steps to Reproduce:
1. Uncheck "Automatically mark messages as read" in:
Tools > Options > Advanced > Reading & Display
2. Download new mail from POP3 account.
3. Browse to any unread mail in Messages pane.
4. Right click on the message and choose "Reply to Sender" or "Reply to all"
5. Compose and send reply.
Actual Results:  
Mail is sent successfully.
However, the message status does not change to "Read."

Expected Results:  
On Reply, the unread message should be marked as Read.
This might be the desired behaviour, asking our Interaction guru.
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Comment 2

8 years ago
I am contrasting this with other mail clients where the behaviour is as "Expected Results" described in the bug.

Comment 3

8 years ago
Yeah, I agree that it should. The place where we mark it replied, we could also easily mark it read.
Status: UNCONFIRMED → NEW
Ever confirmed: true
Seems like an obvious behavior.  Though I reply to things all the time without reading them :)

Comment 5

8 years ago
I'm not so sure. It may seem obviously wanted by some. However, this is longstanding behavior,  I'm not sure everyone would welcome this, and people have come to accept the existing preference of "automark unread when read" as meaning status changes only on some manual event. Which to me means you'd need to add a new preference of "Mark read when replied to" with the default set to disabled for existing users, or change the definition of the existing preference.

Suggest this idea be posted in a newsgroup for feedback. Regardless, this would be an enhancement.
Severity: normal → enhancement

Comment 6

8 years ago
Created attachment 422033 [details] [diff] [review]
Replying to an unread mail does not mark mail as read
Attachment #422033 - Flags: review?(bienvenu)

Comment 7

8 years ago
I agree here -- I think it's silly that when I've replied to, or forwarded a mail, that in order to see the flags/icons indicating such, I have to hit "m" and mark it as read...

In addition to this, replying or forwarding (or other potential actions), should inherently mark it as read.

Comment 8

8 years ago
Hrm... interestingly, I just noticed that if I move off to another folder, and back, the icons/flags show correctly.

So it would seem this IS a bug, because the code appears to be there to do the right thing -- it just doesn't work ;)
Comment on attachment 422033 [details] [diff] [review]
Replying to an unread mail does not mark mail as read

This is a change in UI behaviour - so Bryan should confirm this is what is wanted.
Attachment #422033 - Flags: ui-review?(clarkbw)
Comment on attachment 422033 [details] [diff] [review]
Replying to an unread mail does not mark mail as read

My only concern here was for people who are using the read/unread state for todo management of their folder and this change might be unexpected to them.  However in the more general case I think this will be a good thing.
Attachment #422033 - Flags: ui-review?(clarkbw) → ui-review+
bienvenu ping for review.
Keywords: relnote
What's the relnote here? This isn't a regression, and I doubt I'd want to put it into a known issues as a feature change.

Comment 13

7 years ago
bug 239782 has many comments - I haven't read them. It'd probably be wise to read it before proceeding further with this bug. Surprised this bug wasn't duped to it, but no point now, as this bug has patch and approvals.

Updated

7 years ago
Duplicate of this bug: 239782
(In reply to comment #12)
> What's the relnote here? This isn't a regression, and I doubt I'd want to put
> it into a known issues as a feature change.

That's because I forgot about feature changes. And I'd be sure to point this one out when we release.
Keywords: relnote

Comment 16

7 years ago
Comment on attachment 422033 [details] [diff] [review]
Replying to an unread mail does not mark mail as read

with this patch, if I reply to a read message, it marks it unread.
Attachment #422033 - Flags: review?(bienvenu) → review-

Updated

7 years ago
OS: Windows XP → All
Hardware: x86 → All
(In reply to comment #16)
> Comment on attachment 422033 [details] [diff] [review]
> Replying to an unread mail does not mark mail as read
> 
> with this patch, if I reply to a read message, it marks it unread.

That does not sound like a behavior we intended :)

Comment 18

6 years ago
my suggestion is to add an redio button option "Mark as read when replying" to Advanced->Reading 
although I might want to use this in combination with one of the other choices (in addition to mark as read after x seconds for example).

Comment 19

6 years ago
(In reply to freedman from comment #18)
> my suggestion is to add an redio button option "Mark as read when replying"
> to Advanced->Reading 
> although I might want to use this in combination with one of the other
> choices (in addition to mark as read after x seconds for example).

Sounds very reasonably. The question is how long we will need to wait for this, thought, simply change.

Updated

3 years ago
Duplicate of this bug: 1069535

Updated

a year ago
Component: Folder and Message Lists → Preferences
Summary: Replying to an unread mail does not mark mail as read → Add preference for mark the message as read after replying to an unread mail

Comment 21

11 months ago
There is an old add-on: https://addons.mozilla.org/en-GB/thunderbird/addon/mark-read-on-reply-and-repl/
but it doesn't work. It relies on overlaying the reply buttons, which is very fragile (specially, it doesn't seem to work with Conversations, which is probably the most popular add-on out there).

Comment 22

11 months ago
Another broken add-on: https://addons.mozilla.org/en-us/thunderbird/addon/mark-read-on-reply/

I didn't even try this one, but it also overrides buttons and it seems to break reply-all.
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