contact list merging and metacontacts in Pidgin

Ethan Blanton elb at
Tue Dec 25 02:20:24 EST 2007

Richard Laager spake unto us the following wisdom:
> On Fri, 2007-12-21 at 21:11 -0800, q10 wrote:
> > Will there be development to merge contacts from different accounts of
> > the same protocol?
> I've been meaning to write some code to automatically merge these into a
> contact. That said, it's not a feature I'd use personally, so it's not
> high on my priority list.

We used to have a more general version of this (in fact, the same
screen name on *any* protocol would be automatically merged), and
people didn't like it very much.  It turns out that a lot of people
want to keep rather strict separation between, e.g., work and home
accounts.  That is, they may want to merge within *sets* of accounts,
but not between all accounts.

Which isn't to say that supporting this is a bad idea, just that it
may require some extra care and flexibility to be useful to most


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