Resizing textbox

Sascha Vogt FunkyFish at
Fri Aug 8 18:25:03 EDT 2008

Hi Joó,

Joó Ádám schrieb:
> [...] and she replied that because
> Pidgin was inconvinient, because of the LACK OF THE ABILITY TO RESIZE

And why didn't you ask her WHY she absolutely needs to resize the textbox???

> Therefore I would like to ask you to reconsider at least an option to
> turn on resizing of the input box. Your attitude regarding this
> question is really dissapointing, particularly as open source
> developers, and as you can see such decisions can strongly hinder the
> spread of free softwares among ordinary users.

 From your last sentence I think you followed the discussion about that 
particular feature. So you know all the arguments that have been brought 

Do you really think anything will change without a reasonable /new/ 
argument? Remember, people already had told to switch to another 
application, so that's not a new argument.

In general you have 3 options:
a) Live your life and don't care about it
b) Patch / Fork Pidgin and change the behavior to whatever you want 
(Remember, *that's* the spirit of open source. No more, no less. You 
have the code, you can do whatever you want to do, apart from selling it 
;) You could even pay somebody to make the changes for you, if you can't 
code yourself!)
c) Make suggestion and bring up /good/(tm) arguments which may convince 
the devs to change their minds.

Although I like the current auto-resizing I once made a suggestion. I 
proposed to implement the ability to manually resize the input box, but 
with a snap-in feature. So if you drag the box to a size greater than a 
minimun (e.g 2 lines) it has a fixed size. If you drag it to something 
smaller in "snaps" to the auto-resize functions.

I think if someone writes a clean patch for Pidgin implementing said 
behavior, the devs might consider including it. But the main devs (and 
so do I) like it as it is, so none of them will waste their time coding 
it. It's up to the people who are complaining to get this done.


PS: This will be my last post about this damn thing. I'll promise ;)

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