An important, controversial issue!
nwalp at pidgin.im
Thu Apr 26 08:42:11 EDT 2007
Sean Egan wrote:
> So, my question for Nathan and Dennis (and I guess Mark, even though
> he apparently doesn't use Pidgin :-P ) is: does your belief (which I
> share) that "clock" is a stronger metaphor for "idle" than it is for
> "away," hurt your ability to use Pidgin? Does it legitimately confuse
> you? Is it important enough to come up with some other icon without
> any existing metaphor?
I'm using Pidgin here at home, and Gaim 2.0.0 beta 6 at work (until some
kind soul wants to build me a win32 snapshot ;-))
The switching back and forth certainly causes me a bit of trouble, but
no worse than switching operating systems. I've gotten used to the blue
meaning away. I haven't gotten used to the clock, but to the blue. And
then there's extended away, which some of my Jabber contacts use, which
have the paper.
I don't know how important any of this is. I've "gotten used to" a lot
of things in my life, but that doesn't make all of them good changes.
Now that I think about it, reversing the 2 icons almost makes the most
sense to me. The one thing we all seem to agree on is that
extended-away means gone for a significant amount of time. Why isn't
that the clock?
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