[Pidgin] #6267: Menu item for changing chat topics

Pidgin trac at pidgin.im
Tue Jul 8 16:34:21 EDT 2008

#6267: Menu item for changing chat topics
  Reporter:  foxmajik      |       Owner:                   
      Type:  enhancement   |      Status:  new              
  Priority:  minor         |   Milestone:                   
 Component:  pidgin (gtk)  |     Version:  2.4.3            
Resolution:                |    Keywords:  xmpp, chat, topic
   Pending:  0             |  
Comment (by foxmajik):

 ''The problem, as far as I see it, with adding a Conversation->Set Topic
  menu item is that it opens the door to a flood of "I need a menu item for
  this chat room feature" requests, some of which are guaranteed to be
  protocol specific, permission specific, etc. which is going to cause some
  general annoyance.''

 If you're able to predict that these features will be in demand why not
 address all of the feature requests with one code change?  Denying
 acknowledgment of the issue only propagates the bug in future versions.

 If there's no way to tell whether or not a feature is supported the
 interface should indicate this to the user by attempting to implement it
 when requested and then displaying some feedback if the attempt fails,
 rather than providing the feature  but having it silently fail, or
 omitting it altogether because it might not work -- this would be easy to
 do with the topic by simply trying to set it, then seeing if it exists.
 If the topic doesn't exist after you try to set it, tell the user they
 can't do that (Error: The feature is not supported by the server you're
 using for chat), then disable the feature.

Ticket URL: <http://developer.pidgin.im/ticket/6267#comment:8>
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