We’ve hit our first stumbling block.
Evolution, it the form shipped with the Zonbu, does not include the signature of the respondent (at the top) when you reply to a message. Oddly, while it top posts the text, the signature is at the very bottom of the message chain.
Say what you will about top posting, the reality is that Outlook puts it at the top with the message. For better or worse, that is what people generally expect when they are average windows users.
Someone has finally written a patch for Evolution that gives you the option of turning on this feature (which apparently makes certain geek skin crawl). I, like many others, welcome the feature. Without it, it would literally stop me from switching away from Outlook. And by the way, my signature starts with two -‘s and I’ve been using e-mail since the Vax. Never forget that being right, and doing the right thing, are often not the same.
Here is some background on the fix:
Comment #28 from Sankar P (Evolution developer, points: 16)
2007-08-22 11:57 UTC [reply]
I’ve made this a configurable option.
Too many users want this and complain about Evo.
Screenshot at : http://psankar.blogspot.com/2007/07/signatures-on-top.html
Comment #29 from Martin Meyer (points: 6)
2007-08-22 12:56 UTC [reply]
I’ve got this new feature in 2.11.90, which is in Gutsy. I can verify that it
works as expected: check the box and your signature appears above the replied
text instead of below it. Thank you so much!
Comment #30 from Tony Andriani (points: 0)
2007-10-02 01:08 UTC [reply]
Thank you, Sankar! I have wanted to switch to Evolution for months because I
like the calendaring and the look and feel. The lack of this one feature has
been enough to stop me. I doubt that more than 5% of the individuals using
email even know what “netiquette” is, nor would care how email clients strip
quoted text. They do know that when they read an email containing a series of
inline replies that they don’t want to have to count nesting levels to figure
out which quoted email goes with which signature. That wasn’t the way people
used email when I started using it in the late 70’s, but that’s the way it’s
used now. If your software doesn’t adapt to actual use cases, then it won’t be
used. Maybe this “purist” attitude is one reason why linux is having such
adoption problems (and why the business linux users I know seem to lean towards
Thunderbird if they only need a mail client).
The question is, why is the version of Evolution shipping with the Zonbu not at all current (and lacking this feature)?
The Zonbu is reporting Evolution 2.10.3. The Evolution website says current is 2.12.2. Versions as old as at least 2.11.90 have this signature switch option. When are we going to get it?