Friday, April 3, 2009

Recent Contacts in Lotus Notes - Stupid

There is a new feature in Lotus Notes 8.x called "Recent contacts." What it does is this.

Anyone that you send or receive an email from it takes their email address and adds it to your recent contacts.

This is a great because if I want to send an email to a vendor, I just start typing and the type-ahead just looks it up. I think it's great and use it all the time.

I have some major problems with it though.

1. It does not sync recent contact to my blackberry. This is probably a RIM thing, not notes.
2. It adds people that are in our Domino Directory to the recent contacts. Why?
3. It adds people that are in my personal address book to the recent contacts. Why?
4. It adds groups that are in the Domino Directory to the recent contacts. Why?

If they are in the Domino Directory, why the hell would I want them in the recent contacts? Type ahead just finds them.

Why oh why does it add Domino Groups to it? It causes huge problems when the group is updated in Domino.

I like the concept of recent contacts, but some of things it does it just STUPID!

Lotus please take a look at this.

And yes I know we can turn it off, but some people really like the feature.


Walter said...

Walter said...

You can disable the recent contacts and use the legacy type ahead. Or, disable type ahead entirely and use namelookup. Users should be using namelookup before sending a message anyway to ensure they are sending the message to the correct address. It's one button click - F9. Recent contacts is a type ahead function, it is NOT a namelookup function. It is meant to provide the user with suggested names for the characters that are typed. The suggestions may or may not be the correct address the user has in mind. Type ahead and namelookup are two completely different algorithms in Lotus Notes.