Persistent chat rooms

Greg Hudson ghudson at MIT.EDU
Mon Jul 23 14:52:24 EDT 2007

Big +1 here.  A lot of MIT users would love this.

In some cases, I think people would like to know if there is any traffic
in the chatroom and not just if their name was mentioned, or even to
have rooms automatically re-open when any traffic alives.  I can
understand the desire not to add too many fiddly configuration options,
but perhaps the door could be left open to changes of this sort via

On Mon, 2007-07-23 at 11:39 -0700, Sean Egan wrote:
> This is an idea that has been requested a bunch in one form or another
> for a while now. I described it in #pidgin yesterday and want to
> formalize it here and see what people think.
> Right now you can add a chat room (IRC channel, Jabber conference,
> etc.) to your buddy list, where double-clicking it will join the room.
> Additionally, if you right-click it and select "auto-join," that room
> will be automatically joined when the account connects.
> I'm proposing changing "Auto-join" to "Always-in," or "Persistant," or
> some word that actually describes what's going on.
> When this setting is on, Pidgin will join the chat when it connects
> and stay in the chat as long as the setting is on. When you close the
> chat window, you will not leave the chat. Double-clicking the icon in
> the buddy list will merely re-show the window, with the full backlog
> and everything. You'll get alerted when someone says your name in the
> chat. We'll probably want at least one more blist icon to represent
> the different chat states. We'll also show the chat topic in the buddy
> list.
> I think this sounds like a generally useful idea, and think we should
> do it. Is it worth over-riding the "Auto-join" functionality with this
> entirely, or just adding a new option in addition to it?
> -s.
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