statusbar usage in the main UI

Jeff Grossman jeff at
Tue May 17 22:15:09 UTC 2011

On Tue, May 17, 2011 at 2:10 PM, Tanstaafl <tanstaafl at>wrote:

> On 2011-05-17 4:15 PM, Andreas Nilsson wrote:
> > Hi!
> > Blake and me recently had a conversation on how we could save some
> > vertical space in the main ui. One low hanging fruit we identified was
> > the statusbar. In Firefox 4.0 it's hidden by default, and it might be a
> > good idea to do that in Thunderbird too.
> > The current usage of the statusbar we identified in the 3 pane view is:
> > * Online/Offline status and trigger
> > * Unread / Total / Selected counter
> > * Status messages (downloading messages etc.) + progressbar
> > * Various Addons icons
> >
> > Before I go any further with this, I want to make sure I haven't missed
> > any additional use of this area.
> Sounds about right...
> As long as this is OPTIONAL, I'm fine with it, but I absolutely use the
> status bars in both programs for tons of stuff, so please don't take
> away my status bar!
> Also, maybe give the Statsbar4evar extension author a heads up so he has
> time to make it compatible with TB too... this would avoid lots of
> weeping and gnashing of teeth if it was ready to go if/when this kicks in.

I agree.  Firefox has taken a beating (at least in the newsgroups) about the
removal of the status bar.  If there is an extension available when the
transition happens I think it will lessen the anger by Thunderbird users and
Thunderbird will be better off for it.

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