Use case for per-protocol icons

Vincent Ho loki at
Tue Aug 7 20:43:03 EDT 2007

On Tue, Aug 07, 2007 at 11:37:20AM -0400, Josh Williams wrote:

> That is exactly the attitude of this project that sickens me. You
> don't care about the _users_, only the developers.

As just another user having listened to this long and rambling thread,
it seems to just boil down to a philosophic issue - whether you believe
that the developers of an OSS project should reverse a decision
unpopular with users?

Some OSS projects would, others would not.  This isn't because the users
don't matter - every project, for ego reasons, would love to think it
has lots of happy users - but because the maintainers sometimes have a
particular vision of how the software should be.

In this case, Pidgin is closer to that vision than it was before.
Unfortunately, people got used to the old way and some of them ended up
finding it jarring when the bus changed tack closer to the vision.

I have no problem with a user having a strong opinion they feel is
correct.. I have them myself!  But the developers are also entitled to a
strong opinion, and I feel it's rude and counter-productive to flame
them for not caring about users simply because they are sticking to a
particular decision that one doesn't like - and I've had rejected
patches so this isn't just hypothetical.

You don't like it - we get it!  I wasn't too keen on it either at first,
but now it doesn't bother me.  I'm not saying it shouldn't bother you,
but it's time to just figure out what you want to do - fork or keep
using Pidgin anyway.  It's a dead horse Josh, and I think it's time the
list moved on.


  Vincent Ho

"If we hit that bullseye, the rest of the dominos will fall like a house
of cards. Checkmate."

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