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[wiki] 100 paper cuts in SFOS 3

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asked 2019-11-22 23:38:52 +0300

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Similar to Ubuntu's 100 paper cut project, I propose to launch a similar project listing 100 bugs persistent in the latest SFOS release (, which are annoying/damaging user experience while also being relatively minor to fix.

Not sure if similar ideas have been launched or proposed (and succeeded or failed), but the goal is to help Sailfish OS developers identify, in one wiki post, the most annoying minor bugs that, if fixed, can hugely improve the experience of using SFOS.

I propose the following rules :

  • A minor bug that annoy/damage the user experience
  • Only for SFOS core OS for starter (no Android compatibility bugs)
  • Targets also Jolla's official apps (mail, calendar, etc.)
  • No major features (new browser engine, QT version upgrade, etc.), these are not paper cuts
  • Separate post or answer for each paper cut bug, and listing as a link in the main wiki post
  • Unofficial patches are not considered as a fix. Users need not to hack their device to have a usable OS.

Please read through the entire list before adding items to avoid duplication

Please don't use this question as a dump for bug reports and feature requests. This is for paper cut bugs

The 100 paper cut bugs for SFOS 3:

  1. Sound volume bar disappearing Fixed in 3.2.1
  2. XA2 call volume is low
  3. Opening email from notifications does not mark it as read
  4. Call volume is muted at both ends (post 1, post 2)
  5. Can't select a default calendar, also here
  6. Can't set the first day of week in calendar, and also here
  7. Email app UI
  8. The Settings app Apps and Accounts options dont fit with the rest. (Screenshot to explain what is wrong)
  9. DuckDuckGo as search engine Workarounds: one two
  10. Mark/Flag/Star emails (papercut?)
  11. Search by date in email (papercut?)
  12. Better search options in email (papercut?)
  13. Add "Mark as unread" to the pull-menu when reading an e-mail
  14. Show textual download state for system update downloads
  15. synchronize Twitter account from events view
  16. Adressbar in native browser does not disappear on some pages
  17. Caller name is sometimes not shownThis issue seems to have been fixed in version
  18. On call end sometimes the call lenght is missing in
  19. Add an option to toggle a keyboard number row on default layouts Feature request.
  20. Sticky swipe when changing keyboard layouts. (might be a design decision but at least needs to be discussed)
  21. Remove the X-icon on the remorse timer as it is confusing "Fixed" in - Bring back old remorse timer functionality
  22. Add an option to get back the brilliant "swipe to close" and "swipe to lock" behaviour that was standard in SFOS1
  23. Add an option to delete all history in Phone app
  24. Add an option to delete all SMSs in Messages app. (And another one)
  25. Select and delete multiple SMS messages
  26. Provide option to sort phone numbers of one contact or flag one number as default.
  27. Add remorse timer when deleting Clock Alarms
  28. Add remorse timer to any selected button in the Sailfish Utilities App
  29. Add GUI option for pkcon refresh to Sailfish Utilities
  30. Show number being called, as well as name. See proposed rules above
  31. Attach photos direct to sms from within messages See proposed rules above
  32. Monthly calendar events on same day each month (e.g. 2nd tuesday of month) See proposed rules above
  33. White in contact photos hides UI elements
  34. Email inbox selection bounces the page to the top
  35. Global proxy settings having no effect in SFOS 3 Bug, not paper-cut
  36. Doubletap zoom not working in Jolla browser (https://together.jolla.com/question/204856/bug-double-tap-zoom-does-not-work-in-sailfish-browser/) Bug, not paper-cut
  37. Zooming out causes Jolla browser go blank Bug, not paper-cut
  38. Battery notifications hide the battery percentage indicator
  39. Flashlight doesn't always turn on
  40. Add option to choose which synced account contacts are saved Feature request.
  41. email sync bug (under investigation): email auto-sync doesn't work as expected (see https://together.jolla.com/question/217890/email-sync-bug/) Bug, not a paper-cut
  42. Calendar event reminder appears at original time and new time if reminder was moved
  43. Bluetooth gets stuck after disabling
  44. No quick-scroll (To Top/Bottom of page) available in Messages app
  45. Browser sometimes crashes most other apps (out of memory condition?) See proposed rules above
  46. master-password-for-browser (https://together.jolla.com/question/104491/master-password-for-browser/) - code already in browser app (Firefox based)
  47. Option to disable browser asking for password saving (a solution exist using about:config)
  48. Keyboard opening hides text to edit (e.g. editing post here, selecting text position, keyboard popping up and hiding text),
    similar to Keyboard slips up and hides text
  49. Time app should remember the selected tab on closing and re-open on the same tab again. See proposed rules above
  50. Top menu overrides pulley menu to 'close all'
  51. Fix high power consumption on LTE Bug, not paper-cut
  52. Data on EXT4 formatted sd-cards, can be seen in gallery, but not shared with Android apps Bug, not paper-cut
  53. No calendar event reminders beyond 2 days
  54. No search in Messages Feature request.
  55. Clearing individual notifications has no swipe option just. (inconsistent with everything else in SFOS)
  56. Top menu shortcuts for "Apps" and "Accounts" in Settings
  57. Swiping vertivaly nearly anywhere on the camera screen results in change from vid to pic mode and vice versa.
  58. Camera settings are tap and not swipe based. (resulting in far to reach motions)
  59. Hide photo deletion (and maybe info) in a pulley. Its quite easy to tap the trashcan and might result in accidental deletion of photos (also because of #21).
  60. No way to import or export the SMS to or from SFOS to another non SFOS device, until you do a database dump. See proposed rules above. Also this is a feature request.
  61. Add a bcc mail address permanent
  62. Show all emails in the unified inbox in email app regardless if read/unread
  63. Customize the Events view Twitter feed length
  64. Events view Twitter feed tweet length
  65. No feedback on "Force Stop" and others for Android apps in Settings / Apps
  66. Indistinguishable colours in tabs with lighter ambiances
  67. No way to remove "Tutorial" from launcher
  68. Move capture key selection of the camera app in the settings.
  69. Not easily distinguishable text in the Clear Clipboard popup Seems to be fixed since 3.2.1
  70. Power button menu shouldn't look just like the top menu
  71. Notes app: useless cover with clipped text that's scaled too big
  72. Glitchy animation transitioning in the home screen from close app screen
  73. People: Doesn't search Notes field (and lacks keys/tags,groups fields)
  74. Lock screen too similar to the home screen
  75. Can't send SMS with "sender does not support replies", maybe due to formatting issue Bug, but not a paper cut bug.
  76. Messages: no longer possible to select text
  77. possibility to hide/delete recent contacts
  78. Undo (Cancel) option in Notes App
  79. No quick scroll buttons in native browser app
  80. Can't lock with a swipe (see here) (Revert UI regression)
  81. Can't close app consistency swiping down. Solution 1 is adding a configurable option here, solution 2 is revert the old code. This is a temporary solution (Revert UI regression)
  82. Create/add different calendars on device https://together.jolla.com/question/1563/createadd-different-calendars-on-device/
  83. Messages: default/accidental long press action is Delete
  84. Incoming email -> display not activated?
  85. Backup should handle 'no space left on device'
  86. USSD codes not working correctly regression, not a paper-cut Regression AND paper-cut: "A minor bug that annoy/damage the user experience"
  87. No call history for phone numbers not stored in contact database- even older: https://together.jolla.com/question/143264/bug-past-communication-events-not-shown-for-unsaved-phone-numbers/
  88. Email client - possibility to mark emails as Spam Feature request, not a paper-cut
  89. Week View - improve the calendar fragment Feature request, not a paper-cut
  90. USB tethering / Internet connection sharing doesn't work anymore Regression, not a paper-cut
  91. Most of the world is actively blocked from buying SFOS: i.e. No android support, no keyboard enhancements, no updates etc. Not a paper cut bug
  92. Backup and restore failing to restore contacts. Not a paper cut bug
  93. No bug tracker. Troll
  94. Calendar view doesn't update on midnight
  95. One-liner messages have distracting strikethrough on XA2 Ultra
  96. Improve possibilities to (auto-)lock the device
  97. Dial keypad feedback lag (DTMF playback)

Please feel free to complete the list with more paper cut bugs (already reported and not fixed, or new ones as new posts/answers). Again: This is for papercut-bugs. See definition above.

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The question is if jolla wan'ts to put the effort in fixing those without some of their customers demanding it. Which seems to be the case. :/

BTW when we gather 100 small bugs we can discuss it in a meeting if someone from jolla hasn't responded here regarding resolution.

ApB ( 2019-11-23 13:23:45 +0300 )edit

This is a very good initiative, @ApB.

vattuvarg ( 2019-11-23 17:23:10 +0300 )edit

Shouldn't we drop numbering the list? They're all equally annoying.

Tanghus ( 2019-11-23 17:42:38 +0300 )edit

Regarding "The Settings app Apps and Accounts options dont fit with the rest.". IMHO it's not a bug, it's by design, so a matter of taste. It would be better in a separate issue/question so people can vote for it.

Tanghus ( 2019-11-23 17:46:25 +0300 )edit

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answered 2019-11-23 10:07:13 +0300

mjun gravatar image

Can't select, copy and paste text from email app

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The entire post is a duplicate :D

Spam Hunter ( 2019-11-23 19:07:26 +0300 )edit

@Edz Yet still making valid points.

Kopekenscheich ( 2019-11-24 08:17:22 +0300 )edit

From the user experience point of view, it certainly looks like a papercut. Unfortunately, fixing it is going to be hard, so it doesn't really qualify.

pakman ( 2019-11-27 19:18:34 +0300 )edit

@pakman how is end user supposed to know all the intricate details of implementation to see if something qualifies or not? In my book - not having copy-paste functionality in ANY software is ridiculous. I'm sorry if I'm offending anyone but it's just silly and really annoying making the email app pretty useless.

mjun ( 2019-11-27 22:03:14 +0300 )edit

answered 2019-11-28 21:16:10 +0300

lethe gravatar image

Not really a bug, but this still annoys me: battery notifications like "low battery" or "charger (dis)connected" hide the battery percentage in the status bar.

This is especially annoying when the battery runs low and the phones display turns on to show the low battery warning. Unless you tap the notification to dismiss it, you won't actually know how low the battery is.

I would propose to either move these notifications below the status bar or include the battery level in the status message (I'd prefer the former).

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Definitely a papercut.

vattuvarg ( 2019-11-28 21:41:06 +0300 )edit

answered 2019-11-25 08:22:20 +0300

Xeno_PL gravatar image

updated 2020-02-05 08:44:04 +0300

No call history for phone numbers not stored in contact database.

--edit, see here https://together.jolla.com/question/189253/phone-record-named-unknown-and-call-history-missing-when-phone-number-is-not-saved-as-a-contact/

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Yeah, and once you save the contact, every past interaction magically appears.

lal ( 2019-11-26 08:47:06 +0300 )edit

answered 2019-11-26 12:59:20 +0300

Spark gravatar image

Papercut 26:

Providing an option to choose the hierarchy of phone numbers of one contact or to flag one number as default would be very much appreciated.

Especially if you have contacts with national and international phone numbers it can be costly to call the wrong number by just tapping the contact. Even if I delete the international number and then add it again, it moves back to the first ("default") position.

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answered 2019-12-08 22:34:53 +0300

rozgwi gravatar image

No calendar event reminders beyond 2days.

as 'papercutty' as it gets since it really only needs adding a few more lines with time presets (e.g. 7 days, 2 weeks) to the QML code

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answered 2019-11-25 10:50:52 +0300

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updated 2019-11-26 09:39:27 +0300

Custom gallery folders (and a way to batch select and move images and videos between them).

It has been requested many times before:

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this is a feature request.

ApB ( 2019-11-25 12:30:09 +0300 )edit

You're not entirely wrong. But so is a third of items on the list and yet they're still there.

My point of view is: if Jolla created a Gallery app with folders, then they should work, i.e. one should be able to manage the folders and move images between them. Also: be able to have images and videos in a folder together.

svistak ( 2019-11-26 09:38:54 +0300 )edit

But so is a third of items on the list and yet they're still there.

That's why some of us occasionally take the time to mark those that are not paper cuts. You are welcome to do that as well ;)

Tanghus ( 2019-12-29 20:21:16 +0300 )edit

answered 2019-11-27 07:01:54 +0300

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updated 2020-05-12 10:38:02 +0300

Does anyone know if the following was ever resolved? https://together.jolla.com/question/108119/remorse-timer-on-restore-backup/
I'm honestly too scared to test...

If not, this is definitely also a paper cut.

EDIT: Anyone wants to test this? :-) I can't risk my main phone...
EDIT2: It seems this has been fixed, thanks @Direc

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propertyjackson ( 2019-12-16 10:40:46 +0300 )edit

I think it has been solved; see the original question.

Direc ( 2020-04-12 13:50:36 +0300 )edit

answered 2019-12-19 23:07:27 +0300

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updated 2019-12-19 23:15:34 +0300

Power button menu shouldn't look just like the top menu

The power button menu should just contain power off & reboot options. A slider which reduces the margin of error (ie accidental tap) would be a good way of implementing this.

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answered 2019-11-27 07:52:22 +0300

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Show number being called, as well as name.

When calling from history (the main way I call), I have no idea which of 4 possible numbers is being called.

It would be very good for me to be able to be able to change number being called, directly from the phone screen when its calling a number that is not the one I want.

The "call ended" screen could add a button to open the contact.

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That info is there but hidden.

Just long-touch the person and you will see the number (used for last call).

There is also pulley menu with essentials and details (but that gives only 'cell-other' and nit the number).

Hidden feature, so voting for this to return to nirmal behaviour..m

peterleinchen ( 2019-11-27 09:04:51 +0300 )edit

Totally agree with this papercut. Since it is about handling multiple numbers of one contact, it is technically related with no. 26.

Spark ( 2019-11-27 13:04:26 +0300 )edit

This is a prototype of a folded 70x100 poster with ALL #100papercuts… ... The nice idea " 100 paper cuts in SFOS 3" (...) 80. Can't lock https://www.tech2wires.com

Tech2wires ( 2020-02-20 18:23:36 +0300 )edit

answered 2019-12-16 13:50:54 +0300

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Events view Twitter feed tweet length

The events view Twitter feed currently truncates tweets to ca. 144 characters while the max character count in a tweet is 288 characters. The default should be the same as in Twitter, but this could also be customizable in Settings / Events view.

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