This weekend, and in to today, I upgraded to the latest version of Mac OS. One interesting thing I noticed is now Apple Mail threads messages, which I never had in my main mail client before. Immediately I noticed e-mails from ocPortal were lumping together when they were really quite unrelated. For example, different hack-attack notifications, or 'this needs validating' notifications, would lump together because they all had the same subject line.
This kind of thing makes you think more clearly about what was just an unconscious piece of friction before: e-mail subject lines really should be more distinguishing, even if it is merely to make scanning through your inbox easier. If I get a hack-attack mail, it should have the IP address in the subject. If I get a 'this need validating' e-mail, it should have the title of the entry needing validating in the subject.
So tonight I've added a new coding standard for this, and am updating our code for the next version.
So, the feature was added .
Both these are examples of things we would never have considered unless something had come up to highlight them. I think that's pretty cool.
It's good to be challenged