Make a multi selection on buddy list

Kevin Stange kstange at
Fri Apr 18 02:53:21 EDT 2008

Gary Kramlich wrote:
> Etan Reisner wrote:
> <snip>
>> While that does eliminate many (most) of the problems I'm not sure what
>> benefit that leaves behind (the only thing I can think of is dragging).
>> I'd also be concerned about the possibility of that interface being
>> confusing, but I'm not at all sure what people are conditioned to expect
>> from graphical interfaces which allow multiple selection as I never really
>> use anything that lets me do that anymore.
>>     -Etan
> Like I said, stab in the dark, and yeah, I couldn't determine how it'd
> be useful either :)

The most notable argument I've heard for multiple selections the the 
ability to more quickly rearrange one's buddy list.  The problem of 
starting new with Pidgin (or any multi-protocol messenger) and deciding 
to shuffle around your list involves processing every buddy individually 
to merge groups, create contacts, and improve overall organization.

For these things, some people with whom I have discussed switching have 
indicated that being able to select more than one buddy would be a great 
help to them.

Once the initial reorganization is done, however, I don't think there 
are many use cases for multi-selection.


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