A number of Geary bounties have popped up in recent weeks that our users may want to know about. Bounties represent reward money for coder(s) who successfully land their improvements in the program. (Yorba created a bounty a few months back for Geary, you can read about it here.) Some of the new Geary bounties include:
“Add option to sort folder into read and unread” – There’s a number of ways to approach this; I would be happy to simply have a switch or toggle button that filtered read conversations from the list, leaving only unread to peruse.
“Notify of new messages at startup” – This is a long-standing feature request and it would be great to get this landed in Geary. There’s a number of fancy ways this could be achieved, but I think the easiest way to approach this would be for Geary to be launched at login time with a magic command-line option that hides the main window. As new messages come in, notifications are displayed. If the user clicks on the Geary icon or the notification bubble, the hidden window is displayed. The added complication here is that closing the window should merely hide it, while the Quit option would, in fact, cause Geary to exit.
“Ubuntu online accounts integration” – The basic thrust of this problem is to fetch account information from UOA and start pulling down mail with no user interaction (other than starting Geary, of course).
With all bounties, please be sure to read over the linked Bugzilla ticket and understand all the in’s and out’s of the task. Tickets are also the best place to ask questions for the Geary team. We’re here to help!
Some of these bounties are courtesy our good friends at elementary while some have been initiated by independent users who simply would like to see Geary improved. Follow the above links to see how much money is up for grabs on each.
If you see a feature you really, really want to see added to Geary, consider how much it’s worth to you and pledge that amount. High dollar values encourage attention from developers and gets traction and movement. And if one of the above doesn’t tickle your fancy, there’s a whole host of other outstanding bugs that are listed but have no money behind them; pledge and get them started!
As always, Yorba developers will not collect bounties, but we certainly encourage everyone out there to think about (and act upon!) how they can contribute toward improvements.