Thanks for the idea. However, that is what is basically was before, but not everybody understood it was expandable (could be drop down), which is why I replaced the expander up/down icons with a settings wheel, which looks like a button, hoping people can better find this.
I understand, but how would you improve this, without hiding the manual setup somewhere else, which has proven to result in even more questions.As a recent convert to FairEmail, it took me a while to realise that this was where I needed to be to edit my account settings.
What confused me was that the tab that contains this is named Start, the section heading is named Add accounts, there's a big Wizard button, and the text of the expandable section contains the wording Manual setup. All of which led me to believe this screen was only for initial account entry, not for subsequent account editing. It took me a few minutes to figure it out.
In fact, this one detail has probably been the most confusing thing I have encountered so far in what is otherwise a commendably intuitive app.
I understand, but how would you improve this, without hiding the manual setup somewhere else, which has proven to result in even more questions.
Edit: not hiding the manual setup has resulting in lots of bad reviews "too complicated".
In earlier versions 'Start' was 'Main'. Would that be clearer?Your question makes me feel like a bit of a dinosaur. For the past 25+ years, I've been entering POP3, IMAP4 and SMTP server details into e-mail clients, so the idea that openly displaying the fields that allow one to do this would be seen as complicated, let alone so complex that they put some people off the app and lead them to leave a bad review is a bit bemusing to me. Then again, if you've only ever used GMail before, then perhaps it is daunting to see settings whose meaning and relevance you don't understand.
I think you probably have the manual set-up in the right place, but under a slightly misleading heading: Start. All of your headings consist of a single word, so in keeping with that, I would suggest Accounts.
Alternatively, you could move that screen out of Settings and make it its own entry in the sidebar menu. I've seen other clients that separate account creation/configuration from other settings in this way. Whether that's intuitive, though, probably depends on whether you've encountered the paradigm before.
In my own case, it was primarily the Start name that confused me; in combination with the choice to prominently number the steps on that screen:
These 3 steps are presented to the user to follow the first time the app is started. Steps 2 and 3 even get a tick next to them after completion, and their buttons greyed out to indicate that the steps do not need to be repeated.
- Add accounts
- Grant permissions
- Disable battery optimisations
By association, this led me to falsely commit step 1 to memory as something in the same category, namely a stage I would not need to return to. In combination with the name of that tab, Start, this caused me to look pretty much everywhere else first when I later needed to edit the account settings, since I knew that this was no longer a "start", and I remembered the components on that screen as being permissions and such, which are typically a one-time grant on Android.
It's not a big issue, of course. Everyone will eventually figure it out, but since you mentioned that some others had not realised that the manual set-up text was actually an expandable panel, I thought I'd chime in with my own experience of that screen.
By the way, thank you for making the legend so easily accessible. FairEmail contains a lot of icons, many of whose meanings are obvious, but a few of which are not. Being able to get straight to a brief cheat sheet without scrolling through pages of help text to find the right section is great for someone who hasn't learned all of the meanings yet.
The only thing that isn't obvious to me now is the meaning of some of the parameters displayed in the square brackets of entries in the Operations screen, particularly the Boolean parameters. If it's documented somewhere, I've missed it.
In earlier versions 'Start' was 'Main'. Would that be clearer?
Edit: how about changing "Manual setup and more options" into "Manual setup and more account options" ?
Long pressing starts multiple selection. Swiping a selection is not supported by Android, probably because it is not a good idea.Personally, I think Main is only slightly better than Start. I think changing more options to more account options is a good improvement, though.
While I have your attention, I have another suggestion for an improvement.
I can swipe left or right on individual messages from the mailbox view, but as soon as I long-press a message to enter multi-select mode, I can no longer swipe. Now I have to tap the floating circle and select an action from the menu that appears. It would be more convenient for deletion and archival to allow swiping from within multi-select mode, too. The workflow would be more fluid that way.
Why don't you use a right arrow when the menu is closed and a down arrow when it is expanded? Github does that for the 'Assets' drop down and it seems quite natural to me.'Manual setup and more account options' uses a drop-down icon now.
The underlining will be removed in the next version.Why don't you use a right arrow when the menu is closed and a down arrow when it is expanded? Github does that for the 'Assets' drop down and it seems quite natural to me.
Maybe you can even use frame borders around the expanded menu. And I think you can remove the underline in the menu title, at least when it is expanded (but like mentioned before by someone, it looks like an external link).
I am afraid this will confuse new users, which is the core reason the setup screen was simplified as much as possible.Could the heading state more clearly that existing accounts and identities can be edited here? Instead of 1 Add accounts, it could be e.g. 1 Add/edit accounts or 1 Add/edit accounts and identities.
I am pretty sure there is no problem with changing passwords.I ran into a problem recently when I tried to change the password on my email account. I would go to setup screen, open manual mode, open the account(IMAP) change the PW, hit check. It would fail.
In the end the only way round the was to remove the account and add it back.
I suspect a bad case of finger trouble on my part, however there a known problem in changing PWs.
Yes, in the 1st setup-screen open 'manuel setup and more account options', klick on accounts, then on the desired account, then on 'advanced', there you find the setting possibility.I've just migrated a very large mailbox from the UNIX spool to a backend running an IMAP server. The move was successful and I can now retrieve the messages using a variety of IMAP clients.
There's only one tiny problem: The migration predictably caused the delivery agent to add one further Received header to each old message to indicate its new delivery time.
This has no effect at all on any of the 6 other IMAP clients I tested after the migration, but it seems that FairEmail takes the time of the most recent Received header and uses that to index the message, rather than the Date header.
Is there any way to instruct FairEmail to use the Date header instead of the Received header for indexing and displaying messages? It's rather offputting to have thousands of messages all apparently sent within a few seconds of each other, and would be inconvenient to have to use a second client just to be able to view these old messages sorted in the proper order.
You can probably enable the option to use a checked connection only. Just try and you'll know.Hello to all of you, FairEmail users and enthusiasts.
I am relatively new to FairEmail but have been reading this topic from page 860 to 915, to keep sort of up to date with the latest news and discussions.
I know that FairEmail have commonly standard values but, if possible, I was wondering if some of you could offer your "2 cents" about the following options:
- Require a valid (checked) connection. I don't use VPN. When should it enabled?
- Disconnect tracker protection list. Should enable to track images? Does it have an impact on battery?
I hope I am not off topic.
Thank you for your time.
Btw, highest modseq is enabled by default since version 1.1552, right?