[Design] Simplifying 'Manage share...'
mimi at osafoundation.org
Tue Nov 7 09:37:15 PST 2006
So in Chandler, we currently have this notion of 'partial sharing'
where instead of sharing an entire collection, users can share just
the task list, calendar or mailbox for that collection.
The original motivation in 0.6 was to allow both developers and users
to focus in on just calendar sharing, without having to worry about
the other parts of the Chandler app and/or having to negotiate our
half-finished faceted sidebar.
Since then, we've expanded the scope of dogfoodable Chandler to
include all the app areas and as a result, the partial sharing
paradigm we erected in 0.6 is starting to feel more and more like
For an example, see forwarded bug below.
Are there still compelling use cases where users specifically ONLY
want to share just 1 or 2 portions of a collection, but not all 3? We
haven't come across any in our target user scenarios, but I'd be
interested to hear from anyone who feels they have an important use
The benefits of getting rid of partial sharing include:
1. Avoiding confusing bugs like the one below where a sharEE adds
tasks, notes and email to a share and nothing happens because the
original share was set up when the shar-ER was in the calendar and
inadvertently shared as a CALENDAR-ONLY share.
2. Get rid of confusing 'partial share' sharing status icons in the
Begin forwarded message:
> From: bug-comment at osafoundation.org
> Date: November 7, 2006 8:58:16 AM PST
> To: mimi at osafoundation.org
> Subject: [Bug 7313] New: Changing 'Manage share...' dialog
> settings to share all kinds of items screws up share
> Summary: Changing 'Manage share...' dialog settings to
> share all
> kinds of items screws up share
> Product: Chandler
> Version: 0.6
> Platform: All
> OS/Version: All
> Status: NEW
> Severity: normal
> Priority: P3
> Component: Sharing
> AssignedTo: morgen at osafoundation.org
> ReportedBy: mimi at osafoundation.org
> 1. In Chandler_osx_0.7alpha5.dev-r12238-20061106015202, I added a
> bunch of
> tasks and messages etc to Priss' Cosmonauts calendar share. I also
> stamped some
> of the events she already had on the calendar.
> 2. I closed the alpha 5 build and set up all my data in the most
> recent alpha 4
> checkpoint build: Chandler_osx_0.7alpha4.dev-r12237-checkpoint20061103
> 3. When all my settings had been restored, I went to look at the
> share and all of my changes had been lost. None of the tasks and
> messages I had
> added were there. Also, none of my edits to the events were there
> I realized that this was probably because I had never changed the
> share...' settings in alpha 5 to 'share' more than just events.
> But I didn't understand why my edits to the event items had also
> 4. I opened up alpha 5 again to try and rectify the problem. I went
> into the
> 'Manage share...' dialog and changed the settings to share 'All
> 5. However, when I tried to sync the Cosmonauts collection, I got
> an error icon
> in the sidebar, with no tooltip explaining why there had been an
> 6. Back in the alpha 4 build, nothing had changed. There were still
> no tasks
> and messages and my edits to the event items weren't showing either.
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