Summit Part 2: Funding

Mike Conley mconley at
Thu Oct 23 18:42:43 UTC 2014

My feelings are aligned with Josiah's.

Splash screens are useful for heavy software packages that need to do a
lot of component loading, as a way of giving the user feedback that
something is happening (think Adobe Premier, or Visual Studio).

A splash / nag screen to gather donations... feels pretty icky. We
should be making it easier and faster for a user to get to their email.
We should never slow them down.


On 23/10/2014 2:01 PM, Josiah Bruner wrote:
> On 10/23/14 9:09 AM, JoeS wrote:
>> I think that a "splash" screen would reach more users.By splash, I
>> mean a full screen popup with, let's say a 10 second timeout. This
>> would be prior to TB start. If this is too invasive to workflow, we
>> could have a "Do not show this screen again" button. That way it would
>> be a one time annoyance.
> Even with a checkbox to disable it happening again, I am strongly
> against having a splash screen. Anything that has a negative impact on
> the user's workflow is something we shouldn't do. We are a free, open
> source, no-ads product, but this kind of  popup screams advertisement
> (Even if it isn't in reality). We want this to be visible, yes, but not
> get in the way.
>> I have attached a WIP sample of what that might look like.
>> BTW the start page only appears in the messagepane, I personnaly have
>> had that disabled for years.
> Yes, we need metrics on that, but I have a feeling most people haven't
> tampered with that setting.
> Josiah Bruner [:JosiahOne]
> Thunderbird Front end & UX.
> Cocoa Developer.
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