Currently, users are not reachable by email, there is only the option to “show emails”.
The “show emails” option has not been a good fit, neither for closed chat-clients-only user groups, nor the average user that also knows some email contacts. The reason is that it is not actually adjusting the reachability, it neither allows to reduce nor expand it as needed for the use-case.
I think a slight adaption would improve the “show emails” option a lot for all users. Even without any of further customization options as designed here.
If the “Show emails?” option instead becomes…
Who should be allowed to contact you directly in Delta Chat?
(Be reachable in Delta Chat by? )
- Nobody (chats only started by you)
- Known contacts (address book and email-approved)
- Everybody (beware of spam)
Default: “known contacts”
… the question would not imply any fragmentation in the email-to-chat interaction possibilities of the deltachat users any more.
(The question of email-to-chat interaction could be better solved by a start-chat metric for email messages. )
Above question would allow to properly separate the email-visibility option, while allowing good defaults depending from the interaction decision.