Use case for per-protocol icons

Luke Schierer lschiere at
Sat Aug 4 00:09:36 EDT 2007

On Fri, Aug 03, 2007 at 11:41:43PM -0400, Josh Williams wrote:
> On 8/3/07, Luke Schierer <lschiere at> wrote:
> > It occurs to me that back when we caused the alias to show in place of
> > the screenname, people complained for *precisely* the same reason.  "If
> > the alias shows, I cannot tell if I'm talking to my friend's @work
> > screenname or not."  Um, if that is a problem, *don't give them the same
> > alias.*
> That's not at all the point (also in reply to your prior e-mail). The
> point is that there _is_ a difference among protocols, and we need to
> know which one we're dealing with. It's merely an inconvenience to go
> through a few clicks to find out what protocol you're using.
> Why is this even an issue? By replacing the protocol icons with the
> green dot, we *lose* functionality. This project is becoming worse
> than GNOME in that respect.

I am arguing in my last 2 emails that you are wrong in saying you need
to know the difference.  If my emails are beside the point, then so is
your claim that you have lost functionality.

And if no functionality has been lost, then the change doesn't matter.


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