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

James Lockie bjlockie at lockie.ca
Wed May 2 22:37:03 EDT 2007

Nathan Walp wrote:
> 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.
> 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.
> -Nathan

It makes sense to me as a user.
They are totally separate and should be looked upon as such. :-)

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