More users = More support requests

BA ba at
Mon Mar 27 18:19:38 UTC 2017

Dear all,

I think that then one of the first to dos should be to identify who are our supporters. Do our contributions come from individuals, SMEs or larger companies? This should be an important element of the strategy going forward. Do we know how the different segments (individuals vs SME vs large company vs government,…) contribute to our monthly or yearly funding - I do know that we have a geographic breakdown but I have not seen any communication as to the donors’ profiles. If we do not know, we need to find a way to collect that information.

I think that is critical to know who is funding TB and then we should plan our actions based on that. This also should influence our way of thinking about support. Clearly the SME or larger organizations' needs for support are different from those of the individual users. I think it is critical that we know who is providing our financial support and make sure that we serve them well.

Furthermore, keep in mind that if support is subpar, we will lose more and more users. In my humble opinion, stability, features and support will be the key elements that will define the future for TB.

Kind regards,

> On Mar 22, 2017, at 11:04 PM, Onno Ekker <o.e.ekker at> wrote:
> On 22-3-2017 18:10, Bruce A. Johnson wrote:
>> More users = More support requests
>> I think that getting more Thunderbird users, improving the initial
>> usability of Thunderbird for the average dunsel computer user, and
>> getting publicity is great.
>> Do not forget support, though.  No matter how good you make a program,
>> there will always be people who need help with it.  Thunderbird is by
>> no means foolproof, and people get turned off by it all the time
>> because of problems with it.
>> Don't just assume that "someone will take care of it", when it comes
>> to support.  The bulk of support requests are answered by people like
>> me who have an interest, but who don't know everything there is to
>> know about Thunderbird.  We cannot answer every question.
>> I say again that we need an escalation process for support requests.
>> By "we", I mean the people who answer most of those support requests.
>> When I don't know how to help, or get stumped, all I can hope is that
>> maybe one of the others will try.  But in some cases, we just don't
>> know.  I've lost count of the number of times that I've resorted to
>> telling someone to uninstall, reinstall, create new profile, etc,
>> because I can't think of anything better.  Sometimes those steps are
>> necessary, but as a fall-back for "I don't know", it is terrible.
> I'm not sure how other people in sumo work, but most of the time I just
> look for unanswered questions and tell myself that the answered
> questions are taken care off. Unfortunately it's very rare that someone
> who poses a question marks it as resolved, so the bulk of the questions
> aren't marked as such, making it hard to find questions that need attention.
> An escalation process for such questions would definitely help, and I
> don't think posting to tb-support counts as such. It should be
> immediately visible in sumo which questions really need attention.
> Onno
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Berna Alp, p≡p Foundation

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