Someone in my chat not my buddy?

David Woolley forums at
Sun Oct 18 11:28:35 EDT 2009

Katrina Cooper wrote:
> I'm still trying to set up a chat with my family. Got the other issue 
> sorted out without any list responses... guess it must have been a 

Probably because it appeared to be an AOL Instant Messaging (AIM) issue, 
not a Pidgin one, and especially at a time when AIM was known to be broken.

> complicated question! Now every time I open the chat, though, it says 
> that I entered the room and that Petey Ruga also did so. I do not know 

This sounds like another AIM issue, not a Pidgin one.

> anyone by this name but a search seems to indicate this is some sort of 
> performing artist... anyway, I do not want strangers in my private 
> three-way discussions with my father and aunt. The person does not 
> respond to anything I type in so I cannot decide if this is someone not 
> actually there or someone just not answering me, but I must say this has 
> undermined my confidence in the privacy of Pidgin. This person does NOT 

I think your problem is with AIM, not Pidgin.

> appear on my buddy list and thus cannot be manually removed. There is a 
> link to "view web profile" at which link I am requested to log into some 
> sort of AIM web page, but I have no intention of doing so. Ah, an dnow I 

You are using AIM, so it is not unreasonable to expect to have to login 
to their web site if you are doing more than simply chatting.  You would 
probably find that the official AIM client logs you in behind your back.

> see some other person has also entered and left while I was typing this! 
> Do I not have the right to restrict who is in my chat?? What, if I may 
> ask, gives?????

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