Status indicators in tabs

Chris Forsythe chris at
Sat Jun 23 16:54:22 EDT 2007

On Jun 23, 2007, at 3:47 PM, William Ehlhardt wrote:

> On 6/23/07, Sean Egan <seanegan at> wrote:
>> The original issue was that, with the new "info pane," the status  
>> icon
>> of the currently active tab is largely redundant. A few people have
>> stated that the status icon in the tab is primarily useful for  
>> telling
>> the status of the active conversation, not of others.
> In order to address the "duplicate information" issue, how about
> showing the status icon in the tab itself for inactive tabs, and in
> the infopane only for the active tab?
> I personally find the status icons in tabs to be useful, as I do not
> have to summon the buddy list in order to see what status someone I am
> talking to has switched to. While putting that information in the tab
> as well as the buddy list is somewhat redundant, redundancy is
> sometimes helpful in human interfaces, and I think that is the case
> here.

When using pidgin, I try to not use the buddy list at all. So this  
info isn't redundant in my use case. Does anyone else do this?


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