[Bug 209208] [NEW] recipient for new mails preset to current newsgroup

Ralf Sternberg ralf.sternberg at gmx.net
Sun Mar 30 13:00:25 UTC 2008

Public bug reported:

Binary package hint: thunderbird

When tool button "Write" is clicked while reading a newsgroup, the
recipient is automatically set to that newsgroup. Thanks to this
feature, it happened to me more than once that I posted a private mail
to a newsgroup because I forgot to set the correct recipients. I think
that this is a usability issue because:

1. Usually, the recipient fields are empty and when you forget to set
them the mail can't be sent. Thus, it is hardly possible to write a mail
to a mistaken recipient. But the described feature provokes these

2. The currently selected folder is not a reliable clue for the context.
Often users switch to the mail client from any other application with
the intent to write a certain mail. There can be a newsgroup folder
selected just by accident.

Proposed solution: Either drop the present feature entirely or prepend a dialog before creating the new message:
  [ ] Write new mail
  [ ] Write new post to newsgroup x.y.z


ProblemType: Bug
Architecture: i386
Date: Sun Mar 30 14:34:19 2008
DistroRelease: Ubuntu 7.10
NonfreeKernelModules: vmnet vmblock vmmon
Package: mozilla-thunderbird None [modified: /var/lib/dpkg/info/mozilla-thunderbird.list]
PackageArchitecture: all
SourcePackage: thunderbird
Uname: Linux kelvin 2.6.22-14-generic #1 SMP Tue Feb 12 07:42:25 UTC 2008 i686 GNU/Linux

** Affects: thunderbird (Ubuntu)
     Importance: Undecided
         Status: New

** Tags: apport-bug

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