Account editor

Sean Egan seanegan at
Fri Jul 27 22:13:55 EDT 2007

On 7/27/07, Dale Worley <dworley at> wrote:
> I think it would help if you had someone go over it who wasn't
> intimately involved with Pidgin or overly familiar with IM.  I know it
> took me a while to figure out that "screen name" was what the name the
> IM service used for a person and "alias" was how that person
> displayed.

"Alias" may be a bad term, but I don't think we'll change it. Can
anyone think of a better term?

> Also, if you right-click on a person, there is no "Properties" or "Edit"
> option that brings up the same form that was used to add the person
> initially; you seem to be able to edit only selected aspects of a buddy.

When you add the person, we give you "Account", "Screen name", "Alias"
and "Group."

You can't change the 'account' or 'screenname.' That's essentially
deleting the person and creating a new one. Both alias and group use
direct manipulation, which is widely considered preferable to doing
things in some external dialog. Do you have a specific need that's not
being met?

> There are also a bunch of little icons (green ball, red X, arrows and
> doors) whose meanings are obscure, but if you hover the mouse over them,
> Pidgin won't tell you what they mean.  (Though if you hover the mouse
> over a buddy's name it will helpfully tell you what their name is, which
> you already knew.)

On what protocols?


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