[Chandler-dev] "Sharing with Yourself" versus "Sharing with Others"
mimi at osafoundation.org
Wed Oct 1 16:43:46 PDT 2008
One of the most common sources of user questions and issues is the
lack of differentiation between "Sharing with yourself" and "Sharing
with others". It affects both new user ramp up (usability) and day-to-
Not surprisingly, this issue has turned out to be a sticky issue in
the re-architecture. Jeffrey has pointed out that really, there needs
to be considerable server work in order for "Sharing with yourself"
to truly work smoothly.
So I thought I would take the initial step of outlining what the
design requirements are, and then we can work backwards to figure out
what our implementation options are.
1. Users need to be able to share ALL attributes with themselves, but
keep some attributes private when sharing with others. e.g. Read/
Unread/Needs reply status, when alarm's pop-up, BCC, private
2. We shouldn't display any "created by / edited by" info in the Who
column if a user is only sharing with themselves, but we should
I can imagine ways we can address both 1 and 2, from just the desktop
For #1, we could expand the "Sharing Filters" functionality so that
publishers can share everything with themselves, but present
subscribers with a more limited set of sharing filter options.
For #2, we could perhaps figure out a way to only display cr/ed by
info in the Who column if the item in question or another item in the
collection has been created or edited by an user other than the
original publisher of the collection.
However, perhaps it would be easier / more prudent to address this
issue from the server side.
3. This is not really a "Sharing with Yourself" versus "Sharing with
Others" issue, but it's relevant from a user perspective and may
involve server work, so I will mention here: When you configure your
Chandler Desktop with your Chandler Server/Hub account, Chandler
Desktop should set itself up to automatically keep the 2 in sync -
including the Out of the Box collections, subscriptions, collection
colors and collection ordering.
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