Persistent chat rooms

Ethan Blanton elb at
Tue Sep 18 17:37:20 EDT 2007

Richard Laager spake unto us the following wisdom:
> On Tue, 2007-09-18 at 17:17 -0400, Ethan Blanton wrote:
> > Richard Laager spake unto us the following wisdom:
> > > > - What's the timeout for eventually clearing the backlog?
> > > 
> > > I think Sadrul said 10 minutes. I'd really like to see the conversation
> > > timeout within 10 minutes of the user closing it and 1 hour if it is
> > > left open. I don't think these need to be preferences.
> > 
> > I don't understand what you are suggesting here.
> After I close a conversation window, I want the PurpleConversation to be
> destroyed after 10 minutes if the window is not re-opened.
> If a window is left open, I want the log closed after X hours of
> inactivity (I suggested 1, but it doesn't matter so much).

Clearly you do not have conversations with Sean, my dad, or my
roommate.  ;-)  I regularly have conversations where the delay between
volleys is 6-8 or more hours.  I would not be happy with this change.
I think this is not uncommon on IM.


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