Comment 4 for bug 956663

That would be interesting, but since "Publish" would no longer be an
user-initiated action, a "Stop publishing" option would not make much
sense, and then people would start thinking that there's no way to stop
sharing without having to delete the file. Also, this would give the false
impression that the link has always been available, giving the user who
uses Ubuntu One only for synchronizing the false impression that his/her
files are public.

2012/4/23 Launchpad Bug Tracker <email address hidden>

> ** Branch linked: lp:~dylanmccall/ubuntuone-client-gnome/publish-and-
> copy-link
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> Title:
> Ubuntu One's "publish" and "copy web link" items are redundant and
> confusing
> Status in “ubuntuone-client-gnome” package in Ubuntu:
> Confirmed
> Bug description:
> NOTE: I tried to assign this to ubuntuone or anything related but
> launchpad keeps saying that there's no such package.
> Currently, to share a file with a friend on Ubuntu, you have to copy
> the file to the Ubuntu One folder (or another syncronized folder),
> right-click the file and select "Publish" and then right-click the
> file again to select "Copy web link". This sequence is the same almost
> every time, and even when you just want to share a file that's already
> syncronized, you still have to publish and then copy the link. I think
> this could be simplified for ease of use. I've come up with some
> solutions:
> 1) Always copy the file to the clipboard after publishing a file (and
> tell the user in the notification). This is potentially annoying if
> the file is big and has not uploaded yet, and the user copies
> something in the middle of the upload and wants to paste after the
> publishing is done. This is probably rare enough to be overlooked, but
> I don't know.
> 2) Create a new menu entry: "Publish and copy the link". This would do
> the same as 1), but the user would know what will happen in advance,
> but this will cause the menu to become even more cluttered, and it is
> already confusing enough as it is. This could also replace the current
> "Publish" menu, but then we would need a new menu to stop publishing,
> so it's not a good deal.
> 3) Keep the usual menus, but, after clicking "Publish", the user would
> be asked "Copy the link to the file (for sharing) after publishing?"
> in a simple "yes/no" prompt. Additionally, a "Set this as default and
> never ask again" checkbox would do good.
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