Account editor

Aidan Steele aidan at
Tue Aug 21 07:47:56 EDT 2007

On 21/08/2007, at 12:05 PM, Monica Barratt wrote:
> "Screen name" really confused me. I have never used AIM (not really  
> popular in Australia). So, to me, it meant display name. I tried to  
> add an MSN contact, with the display name (now I understand this is  
> the 'alias') of Josh. Someone out there has the email address  
> josh at and they were added to my list. So eventually I  
> worked out what was going on. In the end I got so confused that I  
> opened up MSN just so I could reliably add this contact.
> So, as a novice user of Pidgin, I would recommend changing "Screen  
> name" to something like "account".
> I agree with the suggestion of changing "alias" to "display name".  
> also 'nickname' would work.

Adium handles this elegantly. Depending on the buddy type chosen, the  
fields presented are named appropriately. Screen names for AIM, MSN  
passports for MSN and the like.

However, I likewise found the term "alias" confusing at first.  
However, "display name" is probably no better on account of people  
wondering why they should know their buddies' display names to add  
them. Perhaps "custom[ised] alias"?

- Aidan Steele.
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