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Thunderbird Add-On does not work with Thunderbird Conversations


Hi. The todoist thunderbird addon experiences issues when it is installed with the Thunderbird Conversations addon. Specifically, the "Add Email as Task" button does not work properly. The task no longer links to a valid email. I could try to explain the error in more detail, but it should be easy to reproduce the error. The author of the Thunderbird Conversations add-on notes that several add-ons fail to properly work with Thunderbird when messages are displayed as conversations. Some relevant info can be found here: http://blog.xulforum.org/index.php?post/2010/11/27/Thunderbird-Conversations-plugins

The Thunderbird Conversations addon provides not just one but several rather useful functions and it would be difficult to stop using this add-on in order to be able to use the todoist add-on. I was wondering if there has been or will be any work on this conflict. Thanks!

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David Trey  staff
Replied on Dec 03, 2012 - 13:52 UTC

Hello Ben,

Unfortunately, we can't develop our app with other add-ons in mind. It works correctly on many versions of Thunderbird and if the author of the "Conversations" add-on admits that his software makes other add-ons fail then we can't adjust our software based on the design choices of other plugins.

Best regards,

Ben Walker
Replied on Dec 03, 2012 - 14:07 UTC

Hi David,

I certainly understand this viewpoint in general, and obviously I don't feel entitled to action on your part, however there are a few factors at play here worth mentioning.

As I am sure you know, official new feature development for Thunderbird was recently halted. Consider that the "Conversations" add-on belongs to a very limited class of add-ons (e.g. Lightning) whose features are important enough that future official integration would be likely if official development were still ongoing. When an add-on approaches this level of importance, it can be reasonable to resolve conflicts. You will note that there are nearly 100,000 users of the "Conversations" add-on. Also, several other important extension authors such as Enigmail have seen fit to add code for compatibility. The author added an API as well to assist with compatibility; it is not simply a matter of reckless coding leading to breaking standard features. Ordinarily, I would agree that it is vastly unreasonable to expect you to test compatibility with other add-ons, but I would submit that an exception might be reasonable in this case.

Ben W.

David Trey  staff
Replied on Dec 03, 2012 - 14:49 UTC


Thank you for your feedback, we understand your point and we will consider it in future updates.

Best regards,

András Novoszáth
Replied on Dec 23, 2012 - 20:08 UTC

I also would be happy to see that too. I have been using thunderbird w/ conversations for quite a while and it's a pity that todoist cannot recognize the emails in it...

Another suggestion would be to calibrate the content of the toolbox because in the case of tasks with 'long descriptions' the lack of the line breaks makes their 'setting' inaccessible without resizing the width of the toolbox...

Gilberto Ribeiro Olimpio
Replied on Jan 08, 2013 - 06:36 UTC

I think "Conversations" add-on is essential for Thunderbird users. Please, consider making your product compatible with it.



ckempo  premium
Replied on Jul 18, 2013 - 10:30 UTC
Replied on Aug 23, 2013 - 11:14 UTC

+1 It's hard to choose between one and the other. Both add-ons are useful.

But even then, I don't think that would be enough. I tried disabling Conversations and adding an email does work. However, it only works if you're already in the folder where the email is.

I would have gladly paid the premium price for these fixes. But at this point, doesn't look promising.

Neurolit  premium
Replied on Oct 23, 2013 - 22:31 UTC

Compatibility between "Conversations" and "Todoist" is very important for many of us. A lot of Thunderbird power users use Conversations nowadays.

ckempo  premium
Replied on Oct 24, 2013 - 07:55 UTC

Have added this to the Conversations "Incompatible add-ons" list [https://github.com/protz/GMail-Conversation-View/wiki/IncompatibleAddons] for reference, incase any fixes can be made on that side.

Replied on Jan 20, 2014 - 10:39 UTC

Thunderbird Conversations Its No1 Thunderburd add-on, so its the same like that in Chrome Todois plugin is not working together with LastPass. Thank you God its working, but its the same. Please fix this, we can not use Todoist Thunderburd, because priority its Thunderbird Conversations.

rohit jangid
Replied on Mar 26, 2014 - 18:14 UTC

+1 for this issue. I was confused for last 20 minutes on which one should i drop conversations or todoist. both are important for me

devs, is there any fix that advanced users can do themselves? let me know.

Ascelin Gordon  premium
Replied on Apr 04, 2014 - 00:10 UTC

This is also an issue for me. Was pleased to see todoist had a Thunderbird add-on, but I've been a long-time user of the Conversations add-on. So for now I'm using both and putting up with "Add Email as Task" not working properly for todoist. Would love to see this issue resolved.

Joshua Vida  premium
Replied on Nov 04, 2014 - 19:39 UTC

What doesn't work? I use the conversations plug-in and just installed todoist and it seems to work ok. At first it said "please select an email", but then after I created a task from a non-conversation email (which worked fine), I went back to the conversation email and then it created the task. However, I found that if you want to create a task from an email other than the main email from the conversation, you have to click on "more", then "view using classic reader". Then you can create a task and it will properly link to that email.

Joshua Vida  premium
Replied on Nov 05, 2014 - 17:49 UTC

Ok, I've have in fact found it to be pretty buggy. Sometimes it doesn't let me add an email as a task. Sometimes it does, but then when I file the email, but am still in inbox, it doesn't pull up the email when I click the link in the task. But sometime it does??? Are you guys working on making your plugin more compatible with the conversations plugin?

Brendon Wadey  staff
Replied on Nov 05, 2014 - 17:50 UTC


We hope to do many improvements, but things are taking longer than we had hoped.


Niklas Heer  premium
Replied on May 28, 2015 - 23:01 UTC

+1 for this issue. I would really like to use Conversations again. But for now todoist > Conversations. :D