? "Set Up an Existing Account" ? -- Re: UI mock-up - Account Setup Rev.2

Wayne Mery vseerror at lehigh.edu
Thu May 2 20:55:10 UTC 2019


On 5/2/2019 4:16 PM, Mike Ramey wrote:
> I'm bothered by the phrase "Set Up an Existing Account".  Why? Because 
> you're NOT 'setting up an existing account'.  The existing *_email_* 
> account is _already_ 'set up' and (I assume) correctly configured.  
> The user is *_configuring_**_Thunderbird_* to connect to & work with 
> an existing, working email account.  What about something like:
>
>   * Set Up Thunderbird to:
>       o Work with an existing email account
>         or
>       o Create & work with a new email account
>
I've also had concerns about this.  It might be interesting to see how 
other mail clients handle this.

That said, I'm sure there have been struggles with "naming" and wording 
this in the past.  So it may be instructive to look at the following (in 
reverse chronological order)

Bug 637651 - "Creating account" wording is a bit confusing 
<https://bugzilla.mozilla.org/show_bug.cgi?id=637651>

Bug 511308 - make autoconfig the default new account UI 
<https://bugzilla.mozilla.org/show_bug.cgi?id=511308> plus 
https://wiki.mozilla.org/Thunderbird:Autoconfiguration

(there is probably some account wizard or other bugs I am missing prior 
to 2008/9)

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