Use case for per-protocol icons

H. Bons H.Bons at
Fri Aug 3 16:23:59 EDT 2007

Like Steven said, that's more of a case of indicating a 
secure connection. I did a Secure emblem for 2.0, isn't 
that one used in the buddy list? (it's a yellow chain 


On Fri, 3 Aug 2007 16:02:53 -0400
  "Darrell Michaud" <DMichaud at> wrote:
> Thank you for the response, I'll give it a try and see 
>how it goes.
> -D
> -----Original Message-----
>From: Etan Reisner [mailto:pidgin at] 
> Sent: Friday, August 03, 2007 3:15 PM
> To: Darrell Michaud
> Cc: devel at
> Subject: Re: Use case for per-protocol icons
>First off I want to thank you for actually reading that 
>ticket and
> further
> for taking the time to actually, constructively compose 
>an email
> (without
> yelling about this issue).
> All that being said, I believe both of those cases have 
>been brought up
> in
> the past and as stated before the time when you need to 
>know if your
> communications will be secure is when you are in a 
>conversation and thus
> in the conversation window, and generally not in the 
>buddy list, hence
> having that information in the buddy list is largely 
>extraneous, not to
> mention that the protocol icon just happened to provide 
>you with the
> relevant information and wasn't actually conveying that 
>information (for
> example some XMPP servers are encrypted c<->s and some 
>are not).
> And as to the icons being cute, you are free to choose 
>any single icon
> you
> want for the buddy list currently, you are not forced to 
>use the green
> circle. And while you might have found it aesthetically 
>pleasing to see
> multiple different icons all meaning 'available' many 
>many people did
> not.
> 	-Etan
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