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

Travis Harris travis at newcovsoft.com
Wed May 2 20:37:10 EDT 2007

Alright... if this idea is still not good then 3rd strike, and I am out on
this one....

How about when you set your status to available, if there is an existing
status message it pops up a diologue asking if they would like to clear
their status message as well... and then has a checkbox that says something
along the lines of "save this preference, and do not ask again" then it
toggles a preference like the one I mentioned earlier.

Just trying to find the best of both worlds, and I work on interface design
every day... I know there are "special people" out there that we need to
care about, and there are the elite users who don't want to be bothered by
simple things.  But in fact, if possible, I'd favor the simpler folk with a
default preference, because the elite users are more apt to find and be able
to toggle a preference.

God Bless,
     Travis Harris

On 5/2/07, Ka-Hing Cheung <khc at hxbc.us> wrote:
> On Wed, 2007-05-02 at 15:31 -0700, Sean Egan wrote:
> > On 5/2/07, Ka-Hing Cheung <khc at hxbc.us> wrote:
> > > On Wed, 2007-05-02 at 16:36 -0400, Nathan Walp wrote:
> > > > Can this be a plugin?  Honestly, the old behavior irritated me
> greatly.
> > > >   I don't think it's a common occurance to change your type of
> status
> > > > w/o changing the message.  You're not going to go from "Away/In a
> > > > meeting" to "Available/In a meeting" or "Available/Anyone want to
> chat?"
> > > > To "DND/Anyone want to chat?"  it just doesn't make sense.
> > > I agree with nathan.
> >
> > If you were being bothered too much, Ka-Hing, and wanted to set your
> > status to Do Not Disturb, would you no longer be "working at home"? If
> > you went out for lunch, perhaps you would update your status message
> > to reflect that, but there's a good chance you still want your
> > coworkers knowing why you weren't there.
> that doesn't really apply to me, because I am using a saved status,
> _and_ different messages on different protocols ("WAH" on my work
> account because everyone at work understands what it means, and "working
> at home" on everything else). Couple with the fact that I usually switch
> status using the tray icon, so clearing the message isn't just one
> keystroke anymore.
> Oh, and I also don't use anything other than available / away / offline.
> What if we make it so that when you switch to / from available, your
> status message is cleared, and for everything else keep the message? Is
> that going to be too confusing for people?
> -khc
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