Need "absolutely get my attention" notifications

Steven steven at
Tue Dec 18 01:41:28 EST 2012

Personally, I use Snarl ( ) with the 
PidginSnarl ( ) plugin.  
Snarl has numerous options for notifying you with configurable 
alternatives when you are "away" or "busy".  For example, I have Snarl 
set up to send notifications to my phone when I'm away from the 
computer.  Busy mode can be automatically set whenever you lock the 
screen or whenever a full screen application has focus.

On Monday, December 17, 2012 2:42:00 PM, Daniel Atallah wrote:
> On Fri, Dec 14, 2012 at 12:44 PM, Mike Van Pelt <mvp at> wrote:
>> I need some more emphatic notifications of new messages in a minimized or
>> background Pidgin.  Current notifications flash the icon a few times, then
>> give up.  I need a notification that can not be missed, and can only be
>> ignored by deliberate decision to ignore it.
>> I've searched the mailing list, wiki, and help files, and haven't
>> found anything that does this.
>> I already have the "Message Notification" plugin enabled, with "Raise
>> conversation window" and "Present conversation window" checked.  It doesn't
>> do what those words seem to say.  I also have "New messages" checked on the
>> "Libnotify popups" plugin.  New messages arrive in existing chats, new chats
>> start from people desperately trying to get my attention, but the Pidgin
>> window stays hidden behind my web browser.
>> I'm running Pidgin 2.10.6 on Windows 7.
> A more intrusive notification plugin is something that could certainly
> be written, but I'm not aware of one offhand.
> I guess I don't tend to miss IMs, and I haven't personally seen the
> need for such a thing.
> With the Message Notification plugin set to Flash the window, and the
> notification removal set to "Remove when conversation window receives
> click", the window will flash a few times and then remain highlighted
> until I acknowledge it.
> -D
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