Easy identification of Delta Chat contacts and phone contacts


#1

Users can’t not differentiate easily between DC contacts and phone contacts, perhaps showing a little badge with a delta sign or another visual clue for the users would help them identify the contact type.

I propose something like this:

Expected behavior

Users can easily know which contact are created on DC only and which are phone contacts.

Actual behavior

All contacts look the same, users can’t know if a given contact is in DC database or in the phone database, they have to check the phone database (the contacts app)


#2

I kind of like the idea of making the deltachat contacts easily identifiable, but in the same time I fear, that this could lead to confusion because users might think they can chat with the contacts with a delta sign. (They might think the other contacts can only be invited to “sign up” to deltachat, as it works for the other proprietary chat services.)


#3

not sure… users know they are using email anyway, also when you select them the chat windows is created with a banner saying something like "you can chat with them even if they don’t have the app"
Having this distinction is useful for users, otherwise how they known if it is a phone contact or just a DC contact (easily)?


#4

If the badge is confusing other way could be used, I am not asking for a badge but for some way to know this easily, I just suggested the badge as example… anyway I think it is not that confusing…


#5

users know they are using email anyway,

if we make sure this is clearly indicated by the UI; then everything is fine by me…

Having this distinction is useful for users, otherwise how they known if it is a phone contact or just a DC contact (easily)?

What’s actually your use case for it? To see if a contact is DC-only and then add it to your address book?


#6

yes, also when joining groups, you may get your contact list in DC pretty messy with friends of your friends.


#7

A work around to this may be: Favourite contacts