Help Menu Slashing

Sean Egan seanegan at
Tue Jun 12 11:20:45 EDT 2007

On 6/12/07, Richard Laager <rlaager at> wrote:
> Then let's fix that page to be more useful, or point the link to the FAQ
> or whatever. I think having some way to view Help information from the
> application is useful. Just because the current link is bad doesn't mean
> the menu and the item are bad.

Are you volunteering to make documentation.php more useful? I have
doubts that it will suddenly become a well-maintained page, after
years of uselessness.

Pointing it to the FAQ is not a bad idea.

Perhaps the most convincing reason I can think of to keep Help is that
Ubuntu puts its three Launchpad links in there.

> People that want to shrink their buddy list way down can, with only
> cosmetic issues, right? As Nathan (IIRC) said, with longer translations
> or people who want to go even further with the shrinking, removing the
> Help menu won't necessarily be enough to allow them what they want if
> you turn allow_shrink off.

One more time: there are multiple known issues with the GTK+ stack
(I've personally seen Pango freeze) and some window managers about
resizing windows too small. We've certainly worked around such bugs
before, but I'm not sure we need to workaround this one.

Ticket #307 was a serious bug, but it was not caused by allow_shrink,
but rather by an attempt to work-around some of the cosmetic issues it
causes. I've reverted the work-around, but the cosmetic issues remain.

I think I'm convinced to bring Help back.


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