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

Mike Ramey miker206wa at gmail.com
Thu May 2 23:33:03 UTC 2019

E.g. --

*WELCOME -- Configuring Thunderbird

*What do you want to do now?

 1. Configure Thunderbird to work with an _existing_ email account?

 2. Have Thunderbird create a _new_ email account and work with it?

 3. Manually configure Thunderbird for more specialized uses?

*NOTE:*  You can return here later to configure Thunderbird to work with 
_multiple_ new or existing email accounts.

On 2019-05-02 13:55, Wayne Mery wrote:
> 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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