In my previous post
I told you that the DWA template and "regular" template are merged, and that there will be an entry in the Replicator page to "synch Contacts" between the Contacts that are stored in a user's mail file (which is the way DWA did it) and the separate pernames.nsf (Contacts), which is the way the "regular" template did it.
One of the reasons we merged the templates was to allow people like Ted (our VP of marketing persona) to delegate his contacts to Betty, his AA. So if they are all in his mail file, he can delegate them. Thus, now, the Delegation of Contacts feature is closely associated with this synch of contacts between mail and pernames.nsf. This means that if Ted delegates his mail to Betty, he'll automatically delegate his Contacts also (if we turn on the synching things automatically). Is that going to be a problem? Think about Your execs, who have not yet been able to delegate contacts... and suddenly -- poof! all the AA's have access. It might be a wonderful thing and all the Domino IT folks will be praised. (personally, I am of that opinion), However, if Ted has been storing the names of all the people with whom he has engaged in, well, let's just say "Private activities" (which may or may not involve women's shoes, Charles...),or, say, the name of his sex therapist, marriage counselor, or Alcoholics Anonymous sponsor... and suddenly Betty has this list, well, IBM certainly does not wish to make any VPs look foolish on account of a magically shared personal contacts book....
On the other hand, I figure, if Ted is going to trust Betty with his Mail and Calendar, then he'd probably trust her with his Contacts as well (and we do want to make it possible for him to set some Contacts as "private only"... but we can't fit it in just yet...).
Thus, perhaps now you understand the debate we're having about turning it on automatically. And yes, it should be governed by a user policy, which will have to wait for a future release.
One other thing-- the Contacts entries count toward your mail quota, so if we turn it on, everybody's contacts will count toward their mail quotas. Is that OK? (and yes we are considering putting all the contacts in the mail file, not for 8.0, but perhaps for a future release.)
So now that you have all this information, do you REALLY want us to set up the Contacts synch to be ON by default? Please provide not only a yes or no, but also the company you represent, the approx number of users affected, and whether you've got people who have ONLY used the "regular" mail template in the past (as compared to the DWA one).