Now I know why Google doesn’t frown on Greasemonkey userscripts being written for Gmail. They use them for improvement ideas! The latest example of this is yesterday’s addition of an “Always Archive” shortcut, the ‘e’ key, which was introduced by Gmail Macros. Admittedly, that script was written by a Google employee (the original was, at any rate), but from a completely separate team.
Google’s probable idea: “Let’s make an easily-extended front-end to Gmail, publicize the unofficial “API”, and let our users give us ideas that we can rip off and announce with much fanfare and no credit.”
Yes, I’m being sarcastic there, but I’m trying to make a point. The ideas of the help window, the label coloring, and the new shortcut were all developed by users. Please at least mention Gmail Macros or the Colored Labels script when you announce these new features that are based on their ideas. That’s all I ask. Really, I like them being added; I’d just like to see some credit to the people who came up with this stuff. (No, I didn’t come up with an idea that Google has implemented; I’m just speaking up for the people whose ideas have been used.)
In the mean time, it means one less keymapping for Greasemonkey developers to worry about when extending Gmail…