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Mark Doliner wrote:
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<pre wrap="">On Wed, 25 Apr 2007 14:48:30 -0400, Nathan Walp wrote
<pre wrap="">Sean Egan wrote:
<pre wrap="">On 4/25/07, Dale Worley <a class="moz-txt-link-rfc2396E" href="mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org"><email@example.com></a> wrote:
<pre wrap="">The biggest problem is "How easily can a new user figure out what the
status icons mean?" I suspect that without prior knowledge, *all* of
the icons are arbitrary. Are there proper rollover popups or some such
so one can easily discover what the clock icon is supposed to mean?
Once that is taken care of, I expect that 95% of the users won't even
notice that they can't figure out what the metaphor is.
<pre wrap="">Yes, they are.
Luke (and others, but Luke is the most persistent) and myself, both
claim that both a clock (the current Pidgin away icon) and a piece of
paper (the Gaim away icon) *can* be identified as 'away,' but Luke (et
al) claim that it can be more easily, incorrectly identified as
"idle." This may not be an issue for people who come from an MSN or
Yahoo background, but the argument is that long-term Gaim users will
be confused by this.
Neither Luke and I are seeing much support for that claim here. If you
agree that this is potentially confusing, speak up!
<pre wrap="">Clock = idle in my head. Away-ness has never been, to me, time-
related. The only time when time comes into the equation is away
vs extended-away, where extended-away means you're gonna be gone
(for some definition of longer).
I agree with this as well..<br>
A clock has something to do with time. People could potentially get
confused about this being idle.<br>
A piece of paper is a piece of paper, is a piece of paper.. You're not
going to look at it and think "Hmm, a piece of paper, maybe this person
is idle?". Leaving it as a piece of paper as its always been, pretty
much makes this idiot proof.<br>
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