Fwd: [Pidgin] #552: Description disappeared from field bottom of the contacts list

Luke Schierer lschiere at pidgin.im
Wed May 2 16:30:42 EDT 2007

On Wed, May 02, 2007 at 01:13:10PM -0700, Sean Egan wrote:
> On 5/2/07, Luke Schierer <lschiere at pidgin.im> wrote:
> > On Wed, May 02, 2007 at 11:49:36AM -0700, Sean Egan wrote:
> > > deryni doesn't remember but recalls it being an "overwhelmingly
> > > popular move." I think it was a dumb move. Discuss.
> > One of the frequent complaints with the early betas was that you could
> > not return from away.  In tracing this, we discovered that people
> > actually could and were returning from away, they were confused by the
> > fact that the status message was preserved.  changing this behavior
> > fixed this "bug" for significant numbers of users.
> Probably more AIM users unable to disassociate "away message" from
> "away." /me stops before this turns into another "paper vs. clock"
> debate. :)
> The problem with the change is that it makes the behavior I
> prefer---status messages distinct from status---inordinately
> difficult. You have top copy (explicitly, just highlighting won't do
> the trick), the status message, change the status, then paste the
> message back.
> The old behavior made it impossibly easy for me, and really trivial
> for others (hit delete). Is the concept of an available message really
> so confusing to people that this change is warrented?
> -s.

Right now you've done an amazing job working to explain our ideas of
the removal of the protocol icons.  Despite that, we have bug #414,
numerous users in #pidgin, several other tickets closed as duplicate,
some emails, and some IMs directly to us.

I have stated that this behavior caused bug reports in the same order of

I dislike dealing with this confusion, but I'm willing to do it, if you
think it is warrented.

Your call.


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