Automerging buddies

Phil Hannent phil at
Tue Nov 2 12:09:46 EDT 2010

On 02/11/2010 15:33, Jorge Villaseñor wrote:
> On Mon, Nov 1, 2010 at 9:04 PM, Etan Reisner
> <pidgin at> wrote:
>> My concern would be that contacts are sufficiently invisible enough that
>> we still get people occasionally "losing" buddies while reorganizing their
>> buddy lists (which is an actual interaction with the UI).
>> I can only imagine that people will be utterly and completely mystified if
>> they add a new account and see no indication that any of their buddies
>> were added to the list.
>> Without indicating the auto-merge somewhere obvious in the UI and/or
>> making contacts much more obvious (and potentially even then) I'm a bit
>> concerned about this becoming a "set and forget" option which causes
>> "breakage" much later down the line.
> I guess the last time this was proposed it included a merge-accept
> dialog in which the UI, when finding contacts to merge, show a dialog
> with relevant information to the user to accept/decline the merge.
> I think this dialog plus the preference to disable this function would be ok.
How about not having a preference but having a "Merge all", "Merge one", "Do not
merge", "Do not merge any" buttons instead, which is for the current runtime.

The exact wording can be worked out, however the number of times this is done
does not warrant a preference, in my humble outsiders opinion.

Phil Hannent

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