The location of privacy

Phil Hannent phil at
Tue Jan 27 04:32:37 EST 2009

Etan Reisner wrote:
> On Mon, Jan 26, 2009 at 09:21:40AM +0000, Phil Hannent wrote:
>> Hello,
>> We have had a couple of emails asking about privacy settings on support@ which
>> got me thinking.  Surely it should be on the conversation window, in conjunction
>> with the buddy list?
>> When one receives a SPIM message you realise that you want to block it and
>> perhaps setup a global preference.  If you have the buddy list hidden your are
>> not given a visual clue as to where to change this setting.
> Blocking a user from the conversation window is possible via the
> Conversation menu. What sort of 'global preference' are you talking about
> here?
What I am saying is that on receipt of a SPIM message you might realise you want
to change your preferences from "Allow all users to contact me" to "Only allow
users on my Buddy list".

>> To me it would seem logical to place under the Options menu an action to Privacy.
> I think we very much need to avoid duplicating too much of the Buddy List
> menu structure in the conversation windows, and I'm not exactly sure what
> the privacy dialog is needed for from the conversation window. Can you
> explain what you think we need it there for?
While I see duplication as a bad thing also, I suggested something just to get
the ball rolling.

Right now I see it that the application has an option which the user will want
to use, however it is on a different window (which may or may not be visible)
and under a menu option.

Phil Hannent

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