Use case for per-protocol icons

Steven Garrity stevelist at
Fri Aug 3 16:28:17 EDT 2007

H. Bons wrote:
> 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 
> lock)

I don't see any indication of encryption on my jabber accounts (that use 
TLS). That said, I don't think this belongs in the buddy list. It would 
belong in the chat window, if anywhere.

Steven Garrity

> 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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