We currently have a quick menu in our (web) application which is basicaly vertical list whith icons and names which drops down on demand.
Because some options in the list warranted sub-options we deceided to add submenu functionality to this list.
Instead of choosing 'send email' there are now the options, 'send email to client', 'send email to company' 'send email to...'
The version we developed now is the same list but some options now expand on hoover to show the subitems, and the 'submenu' item in the original list no longer has an action associated with it (it used to be one of the sub-options).
Now our accountmanager thinks we should make the 'submenu' option still clickable and perform the action that was there in the old version without menu's, Because this would be what the users expect.
I feel its a bad idea to combine the 2 UX interface concepts in one element.
So i was hoping to get some pro's and cons to using one item as both a menu and a action (not a split button/ mutton which consists of 2 separate parts)