Feature discoverability

Rafael Ebron rebron at mozilla.com
Fri Oct 21 18:29:52 UTC 2011

Hi Jonathan,

We're moving forward with some of your recommendations.  We agree we can 
do a lot better informing our users all the different features that we 
have.  jenzed put together an etherpad 
https://etherpad.mozilla.org/PIcw0eAzbY on some possible tips and we're 
working on spec'ing out some of the implementation and logistics.


On 10/5/11 1:50 AM, Jonathan Protzenko wrote:
> Hi,
> I've noticed some interesting patterns in the vast amount of feedback 
> I'm getting through Conversation's feedback mechanism, and I thought 
> I'd share some points.
> First of all, many users are completely unaware of the threaded mode, 
> and think that Conversations provides the threaded mode. This is a 
> very recurring phenomenon, which worries me. We have a threaded mode, 
> it's great already without conversations, and people do not discover 
> it. Is there any way we could make this feature more discoverable? 
> Some ideas:
> - in the start page, add a "did you know" section with screenshots on 
> how to enable various features (threaded mode, grouped by date) (that 
> sounds very 1990-y, and reminds me of the light bulb pop-out dialog on 
> MS products),
> - create a dialog that pops out the first time a user installs 
> thunderbird, asking "how would you like to read your email?", showing 
> various screenshots, and providing options for group by sort, view 
> threaded, etc.,
> - add a notification bar that shows up after the user has started 
> thunderbird for the N-th time, and provides them with a way to see the 
> aforementioned dialog.
> What do you all think about this?
> Next, users seem to be unclear on what an addon is exactly. They just 
> installed the thing somehow, and some of them don't even know how to 
> remove it. Not sure there's much we can do about that...
> There's some other points, but more minor. I'll report on them if 
> anything relevant stands out.
> Thanks for your attention :-)
> jonathan
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