Pidgin Question

David Woolley forums at
Sat Nov 17 04:52:07 EST 2012

Brian Morrison wrote:
> On Fri, 16 Nov 2012 19:32:53 +0000
> "Dang, Dorene" <dorene.dang at> wrote:
>> Hi,
>> I had a question about Pidgin. Am I able to add people as contacts 
>> from chat groups I am not a part of? For example, if I only had a
>> Google Talk about, but I wanted to add someone who used MSN, do I need
>> to create an MSN account? Is Pidgin only able to bring in contacts from
>> the same chat groups?
> Pidgin is simply a multi-protocol client, so yes you do need an account
> with a particular service (such as MSN) to contact other people that use
> said service.

Except where that service has an arrangement with another service, e.g. 
the current arrangement between MSN and Yahoo.  Pidgin is not aware of 
such arrangements, they are completely handled by the service.  Such 
arrangements are commercial decisions and may be withdrawn by the 
service at any time (there are actually reports that MSN will be 
completely withdrawn, next year).

David Woolley
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