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From Vassil Dichev <>
Subject Re: Filters / actions
Date Wed, 08 Sep 2010 12:16:56 GMT
Good points Ethan. I've already had similar thoughts about creating a
wizard, and might have mentioned it in the email. It will probably be
post-1.2 though.

The help screen  used to be on a separate tab for a while, which is
also not very useful- it helps to look at it while you're composing
the action. Otherwise the action text fields are pretty useless even
if you're familiar with actions, because you always tend to forget
some of the syntax.


On Wed, Sep 8, 2010 at 2:02 PM, Ethan Jewett <> wrote:
> Interesting post. I agree that our actions get us part-way there from
> a functionality standpoint. It seems to me that the biggest challenge
> for users of our actions right now is that they are really a very
> expert-oriented UI. I'd like to see a couple of things done around the
> actions UI, pretty much in line with part of what Ray writes about:
> 1. A wizard-based UI for setting up actions (we can keep the
> expert-mode, but I think we need a guided way to set these up)
> 2. Real-time feedback on what messages a test will catch, based on
> user's current timeline (kind of like the Gmail filter UI). I realize
> that this will probably be difficult and might be performance
> intensive, so it should probably wait. Though I think it will be OK if
> we just do the test on the user's mailbox, right?
> 3. Restore the help text explaining the allowed syntax to the expert
> view - it seems to have disappeared.
> Do you think that gets us further towards what Ray is talking about?
> Ethan
> On Wed, Sep 8, 2010 at 12:41 PM, Richard Hirsch <> wrote:
>> Ray Wang just wrote an interesting blog about activity streams /
>> filters -
>> Reminds me of our actions.
>> By the way, I had lunch with David Pollack during my vacation and we
>> talked about a related idea of his - I've been trying to find time to
>> write about it here but I have been under water doing other stuff. It
>> is on my list ....
>> D.

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