Improving ICQ

Mark Doliner mark at
Wed Jun 9 12:59:30 EDT 2010

On Wed, Jun 9, 2010 at 7:25 AM, Etan Reisner
<pidgin at> wrote:
> On Mon, Jun 07, 2010 at 05:30:22AM +0600, Ivan Komarov wrote:
> <snip>
>> Right now, I'm figuring out how to make the ICQ privacy system fit
>> into Pidgin. The problem is that the packets that in AIM would modify
>> Permit/Deny lists, modify Visible/Invisible lists in ICQ instead (ICQ
>> does have a Block list, but different packets are used to modify it).
>> Hence, the users who are used to the privacy system used in ICQ are
>> confused (see #10967, #10916).
> The people in those tickets are confused/angry most specifically because
> of a recent decision (which I did not like and argued against at the time,
> though apparently not on the mailing list which was a mistake) which
> caused pidgin to enforce message blocking for all entries in the deny list
> despite the actual functionality that list has on the service (thus
> breaking anyone who had been used to the fact that for ICQ we were
> actually manipulating the visibility lists).
> I'm glad people actually filed tickets about it because it came up a
> number of times in #pidgin and I kept suggesting that someone file a
> ticket about it (and planning to do so myself but never got around to it)
> because I really think we broke things badly with that change.

To be fair, before I made that change people would occasionally
complain that there was no way to block/ignore people on ICQ.


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