I LOVE the lack of protocol icons

Chase chase at osdev.org
Tue Jun 12 03:08:43 EDT 2007

Is the feather some horribly cruel joke to make people think that the 
green dot isn't that bad?

When the protocol icons got dropped I thought it was weird and 
everything was strangely plain looking but I gave it a chance. After a 
while I realized one of the reasons I liked Pidgin was because I didn't 
want to care about the protocol involved. The one or two places I did 
care about the protocol I could just make a group. The green dot is 
simple and easy to understand.

I get that the feather fits with the bird theme but exactly how does it 
convey anything about presence at all? It's more a client type icon. In 
fact, I'd like to see the feather icon as an alternate shortcut icon, 
favicon, and general logo. That bug eyed bird freaks me out man....


Ethan Blanton wrote:
> Eoin Coffey spake unto us the following wisdom:
>> On 6/11/07, Ethan Blanton <elb at pidgin.im> wrote:
>>> This is certainly a valid opinion; I'm not fond of some of them,
>>> myself.  I generally think they are better than what we had before,
>>> however.  I think replacing the green ball with Hylke's new purple
>>> feather icon would go a long way toward improving the state of
>>> affairs.
>> Is there a link to that new proposed feather icon?
> Fortunately, Etan had it handy:
> http://pidgin.im/~deryni/available.png
> Ethan
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