Gmail used to have several annoyances and things that really were inefficient/ineffective or just downright ergonomically undesirable.
Slowly but surely, Google improved and tuned the thing, so that Gmail became pretty good and a breeze to use.
And where it wasn't so good, there were add-ons/extensions that you could get (in Firefox and Chromium at any rate) that made it better - e.g., and especially Lifehacker's Better Gmail add-on
However, if you - like me - consider that with the latest changed and smartened-up Gmail, Google would seem to have completely screwed things up, then help may be at hand for some of us, as the user community starts to fix the screw-ups in Gmail. This help is in the form of:
- Userscripts (for which you need the Greasemonkey extension and scripts from http://userscripts.org/scripts/ )
- Style changes - for which you need the Stylish extension and the styles from http://http://userstyles.org
- Better Gmail (which is a time-saving bundle of userscripts and styles).
- Maybe some other add-ons/extensions
However, I am having problems getting these to work nicely on the current version of Gmail, and I assume that I am not alone in this.It is so bad
that it makes me wonder whether Google are not doing this deliberately - either as some kind of experiment, or to drive users away - e.g., rather than withdraw/abandon the service as they have been doing with so many of their products/services lately and that they had previously been so "excited to announce...etc."
(or similar BS).
So I thought I'd start a discussion to see if we could pool our knowledge/experience to help each other.
Currently I am seriously considering that, if I can't get Gmail to work better and have better ergonomics, then I shall migrate to Hotmail (Windows Live) - which has been seriously improved and looks very nice. But there's the change inertia to overcome if I want to do that, and Google still have not made it easy to migrate so I may be locked in to some extent.