New Sound Event

Ankit Singla anksingla at
Sun Mar 23 22:21:39 EDT 2008

Well, in Pidgin you can enable and disable certain types of sounds in 
the preference window. What about only enabling the "message begins 
conversation" sound?


Damian Eads wrote:
> 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?
> Damian
> 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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