Combined From/Recipient column ("Correspondents") in thread pane - What do you think?

Josiah Bruner josiah at
Fri Apr 10 12:18:18 UTC 2015

Personally, I think it's fine to (auto) make it the default, assuming 
there is a pref to disable it. In essence it does the same thing as From 
and Recipient, so I don't think people will become that upset about it. 
If someone comes up with a circumstance where the new column does LESS 
than the old implementation, then we should address that. Otherwise, who 

For example, I more or less used the default columns, which only 
included the From field. After the upgrade, all I see is that it appears 
to have been renamed to Correspondents. No functionality is missing, so 
it was a non-issue. Have you noticed missing functionality?

Yes, people don't like change, but compared to my Composer stuff, this 
is an extremely minor UI property to fight against. Believe me, I've had 
plenty of hate mail from people in the past, and I can (almost) assure 
you that no one will start an uprising because of this. :)

Josiah Bruner [:JosiahOne]
Thunderbird UX/Front End

On 4/10/2015 4:38 AM, Jörg Knobloch wrote:
> Hi all,
> thanks to Neil a long-standing (15 years!) enhancement request has 
> finally been implemented in bug 36489.
> A new column is available which combines the "From" and the 
> "Recipient" columns.
> This new column has become the default, so new folders (and therefore 
> new users) get to see it. It is also used when resetting the columns 
> to the default. We should publicise the feature in future release 
> notes, most likely for TB 45.
> My question is this:
> As currently implemented, the new column automatically replaces "From" 
> and "Recipient" columns for any existing folder when the user visits 
> the folder in Thunderbird 39.
> Personally, I find this "hard sell" of the new feature a little too 
> aggressive. I would not upgrade existing folders to use the new column 
> automatically. I would leave it to the users' choice whether or not 
> they want to use the new column.
> I was thinking of an article Kent mentioned recently 
> ( where the 
> following is said about Firefox (quote): "What random interface 
> changes are they going to introduce?"
> I'd just like to avoid the surprise that users will get after 
> upgrading when their familiar columns suddenly change.
> What's your opinion?
> Jorg K.
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