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Fri Feb 4 17:20:33 EST 2011

Ethan Blanton wrote:
> David Woolley spake unto us the following wisdom:
>> Fábio Rodrigues wrote:
>>> Hello, Pidgin is not adding Hotmail users. Is there an update to
>>> fix this error?
>> Depends on what version of Pidgin you are running!  There is no
>> known problem on 2.7.9.
> Actually, it's been reported a number of times here, in IRC, and in
> the bug tracker.  See, for example:

Ah.  If the actual error message had been given, it might have rung a 
bell.  I wonder if this is the same basic problem as the buddies don't 
appear online problem.

Unfortunately both tickets have sanitised the user name, and I rather 
suspect it is some non-ASCII character in the username that is 
triggering problem, as most reporters seem to be from non-ASCII countries.

> So far as I know, we don't know why it's happening.  It doesn't happen
> to everyone.

David Woolley
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