Re: Yanoff questions and comments
Danita Zanre <danita <at> caledonia.net>
2007-04-12 14:15:33 GMT
All in all, this is a very good app, and I was quite pleased with the functionality (even surprised in some
instances). So, while I have "wishes" I can't say that there is a lot to really "complain" about. You might
get more input from me over time. I work in support, and I sometimes feel like a "professional" beta tester!
I don't really expect Yanoff to be a desktop replacement, so don't ever feel like I'm trying to be
"unreasonable" when I bring up ideas - they are just "perfect world" wishes <g>. And of course, a lot of it is
just over time coming up with "new ways" to do "old things" - it's easy at first glance to say "this isn't
working well for me" and then over time finding that by simply changing the WAY you do something comes up
with the same results and works just fine when you get used to it!
> It is very uncommon that marking un/read is actually useful in itself; it is
> generally done as a preparation for some kind of deletion operation...
Well it is for me <g>. As I said, I don't delete any messages because I need to go back often to check previous
messages, and not always things I know in advance that I should keep - and of course, I won't use the phone as
my only/primary NNTP reader. So if I've been using the PC for 3 or 4 days, and then need to use the phone (for
example I'll be "on the road" for 5 days next week), I'll want to download the messages, but then mark them
all read to "catch up". I will rarely delete messages outright - I will use the "purge old articles"
instead. "Mark all read" is a fairly common thing I do, even in my PC reader.
Here's some examples of how I work, and how Yanoff could work "better" for me (but as I say, a lot of it is just
learning over time how to adjust HOW I do things). For example, someone else might be handling an issue just
fine, and then a later message makes me think "hmmmm - that's not quite right, it should be xyz" - but it's
only 10 messages into the thread where I feel like jumping in <g> - so I don't know in advance that I will need
the parent of THAT particular message until later, so by not deleting things as I read them I can still go
back and look.
I can see that in "casual" NNTP usage this wouldn't be terribly important, but for the kind of work I do it's
very important to keep some history. Of course we discourage a lot of unnecessary quote-back because NNTP