Better automatic online banking setup for OFX download
Most individuals don't have the time to manually enter their banking information. I had no success in connecting to a major bank (bank of america), despite reading all the help files I could find.
What if GnuCash used an online database of the Financial Institution (FI) configs, sort of like freedb database (1) does for CD's when you pop a CD in your computer? Instead of FreeDB, perhaps to one of the other community-driven OFX registries online (2), or our own we set up somewhere for ourselves?
That way, the 1st person entering a new FI would have to do it manually, but all subsequent GnuCash users, needing that FI after that could see it in a list of already-entered FI's which GnuCash would download on the fly right at that moment.
GnuCash would leverage the power of our community of users that way, and we could all be contributors and help each other out.
Admincstim (Core Developer, GnuCash) commented
I'm afraid we cannot do much about this. There are so many different banks on this world and in the various contries. The gnucash developers can only set up a small subset of those, but there will always be some other banks that have non-standard online banking interfaces, and for those we can't offer any access anyway.
Nevertheless the documentation and the explanations to the user during the setup phase can be improved.