To my surprise, I’ve not gotten so frustrated with TB yet that I’ve reverted back to Mail. This is now the longest I’ve lasted in TB before doing so. Yay Thunderbird!
The latest little gripe: windows that pop up that I really wish wouldn’t.
I don’t want a window to pop up showing the status of sending a message. It seems to me the message should just send silently in the background, and I should have an icon that shows up in the status bar of the main window if there are any errors.
Likewise, I don’t want alerts to pop up every time an account connection times out. This happens all the time, and I just don’t care. I want it to fail silently, with, again, maybe an icon that appears in the status bar that I can click for details on any errors that have occurred.
I’d also like to be able to get rid of the little dragger handle at the bottom of the message list; I never use the preview pane and would like to reclaim those few pixels at the bottom. This isn’t a big deal, obviously, but it’s ever-so-slightly distracting that the bottom of the folder pane and the bottom of the message list pane don’t line up.
For that matter, just for a prettiness thing, I’d actually like the top of the folder list box to move down to line up with the top of the message list. This is just another silly little thing that I think could make the window look nicer. Not a big deal either way, though.
For a change of pace, a few things I do like about Thunderbird. I like that folders with new messages are shown in blue. I like that you can configure it to recognize and trust the information provided by SpamAssassin, which my own mail server uses.
I would like to be able to tell the spam filter to automatically delete messages written in scripts I can’t (or don’t want to) read. For example, my Japanese is painfully rusty, so it’s safe to assume that messages in that are spam. And I only studied Russian for a few days, so that can go too. Chinese I’ve never even tried to learn, having finally realized after attempting Japanese and Russian that I don’t have that kind of time. Given that almost half my spam is arriving in these languages these days, it would be nice to have those all tossed automatically.