[FutureSOCProjects] - Tiezones / Geo-Locations
david at oopstudios.com
Wed Aug 20 12:25:38 EDT 2008
I've just signed up specifically to post this idea, but I'll no doubt
keep my ear to the list for some time to come...
Anyhow, I realised a while ago that nearly all of my contacts are in
different bloody time-zones / countries, and I have difficulty keeping
track of whether its an ungodly hour when I open up conversations!
Obviously if people only "go online" when they're actually there, it's
never an issue, but loads of people leave their machines running
overnight and it's not exactly a great sign of presence.
So, the idea is simple, have an extra parameter stored with each buddy
that is "country/timezone" that will store the time offset, and country
code. This could then be used to enhance general features of the program
* When you open a new convo, start it with a notifications like so:
"It is 4am in Belgium"
* Stamp messages with users local time (optional) - in the logs and
internal functions it'd probably be best to just stamp everything
in UTC, and note the offsets
* Extra info in the buddies list for locale time - could make it
graphical by shading the buddy, or having sun/moon GFX etc
* Optional flags can be added about the place for extra pleasure -
I understand that Pidgin is lightwieght and this goes against it
somewhat, but user experience is a factor that is useful!
Personally I'd love to see flags (or avatars) alongside the names
mid conversation, especially handy in big group meetings.
I'm sure I could go on, but hey, lets not ever egg it! Hawhaw
Now, I'm a (pretty good) web-programmer, I've never touched C, GLib or
GTK, although I am aware of what they are and what they do! So, if
there's anyone that would like to take on this idea, I'd be much
obliged, I'm willing (and able) to plan out the whole project and gather
all the relevant data and research to make sure it goes smoothly!
Resources to help hit the ground running:
Flags (named according to the ISO 3166 Alpha 2 above)
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