Persistent chat rooms

Luke Schierer lschiere at
Mon Jul 23 15:30:18 EDT 2007

On Mon, Jul 23, 2007 at 11:39:50AM -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.

Overall, I do not object to this idea.  I do forsee however that users
will request that the creation of that intial window be optional on a
per-chat basis.


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