2 questions

Etan Reisner deryni at pidgin.im
Thu May 15 22:18:19 EDT 2008

On Thu, May 15, 2008 at 07:52:10PM -0400, RBL wrote:
> >
> > Pidgin is so feature rich that it is not the easiest IM/Chat Client for
> > the neophyte to pick up [Install] and use straight out of the box.  I
> > can appreciate Kathryn's exasperation and admire You, Etan, for Your
> > willingness to assist Her.  Being an Application Developer I can also
> > appreciate how confusing 'unconscious competence' can sometimes appear
> > to the truly lost.
> Perhaps there's an opportunity to introduce pre-fab "generalized"
> configs that newbies can select at install, in future versions.

Configurations for what? What sort of pidgin configuration options can
reasonably be 'grouped' such that this is something that will help people?

Setting buddy icons certainly can't be done this way and make things
significantly easier. Setting a global buddy icon is as simple as clicking
the global icon selector in the buddy list and selecting the correct icon.
Setting per-account buddy icons can't be done in a general fashion as
there can't be a general listing of accounts. (The only possible
improvement that could be made here could be done via a plugin and would
be to create a listing of all the accounts and all their buddy icons and
allow for quick and easy assignment of icons to single and multiple
accounts at a time.)


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