[Adium-devl] libpurple: personal message != status message

Felipe Contreras felipe.contreras at gmail.com
Wed Sep 10 19:49:43 EDT 2008

On Thu, Sep 11, 2008 at 2:07 AM, Peter Hosey <boredzo at adiumx.com> wrote:
> On Sep 10, 2008, at 15:36:28, Felipe Contreras wrote:
>> Yes, but msn users set the "status message" because there is no
>> other way to set the "personal message" …
> Once they figure out that status message = personal message. If we
> change that, then we have two seemingly separate items that really do
> the same thing (setting status message "also" changes personal
> message), or one item that's useless (setting status message doesn't
> do anything to MSN accounts).

Really? That's like saying the Alias (private alias) and the Nickname
(public alias) are the same thing. Yes, the end result is the same,
but conceptually they are different, so their behavior is different.

!A !B = nothing
A !B = A
!A B = B
A B = (the one with higher priority) B

>> Imagine an option that makes the personal message untouchable by the
>> status message. Then the status message is not used anywhere, so why
>> have it?
> MSN is not the only protocol we support.

You are not following what I'm saying. Have you read my explanation
about why this is not protocol-specific? Field A vs Field B? Did you
read that *imagine* part of the paragraph?

Felipe Contreras

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