New Sound Event

Damian Eads damian.eads at
Sun Mar 23 17:48:54 EDT 2008

It would be hard for her to do this if she does not know where I am
and I don't have a cell phone.

However, honestly, I can't think of any of my colleagues who actually
have said they activate any of their sound events. When asking many of
them whether they'd use such a hypothetical feature, almost all of
them said they would. This feature proposal is for a sound event that
people might actually use. Why not make it so the "Sounds"
functionality is used by a lot more people?


On Sun, Mar 23, 2008 at 3:14 PM, Dave Mitzman <mitzman at> wrote:
> Um, wouldn't it be easier if Alice just called you?  Playing devil's
> advocate here.
> On Sun, Mar 23, 2008 at 4:09 PM, Damian Eads <damian.eads at> wrote:
> > Hi,
> >
> > I've been using Pidgin/Gaim for over a decade and love it! One common
> > thing I and my colleagues do is set all the sounds off. With a large
> > buddy list and lots of buddies messaging, coming and going, the sounds
> > can get really distracting, especially when someone's trying to
> > concentrate on work. However, occassionally, someone (let's say Alice)
> > will try to get ahold of me (or vice versa) for hours but the gaim
> > window will get lost in a sea of windows. At lunch, Alice might say to
> > me "Why did you turn your sounds off? I needed to talk to you about
> > the meeting this afternoon!" And I'll say, "I turn them off because if
> > they were on, I would never get any work done!"
> >
> > I propose the following feature: Whenever someone messages you X times
> > without receiving a response in Y minutes, play a sound. For example,
> > if my friend Alice messages me 3 times in the past 20 minutes, play a
> > beep. Now, that's much less distracting and it unobtrusively notifies
> > me that she needs me. One nice property of this feature is that there
> > is no way for any one person to flood me with tons of messages in a Y
> > minute period and generate more than a single beep.
> >
> > Thoughts?
> >
> > Thanks again for the great software!
> >
> > Regards,
> >
> > Damian Eads

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