[Pidgin] #5034: Please bring back the 2.3.1 typing indicator!

Pidgin trac at pidgin.im
Tue Jul 8 18:58:41 EDT 2008

#5034: Please bring back the 2.3.1 typing indicator!
  Reporter:  Arvedui       |       Owner:                           
      Type:  enhancement   |      Status:  new                      
  Priority:  minor         |   Milestone:  Plugin Suggested         
 Component:  pidgin (gtk)  |     Version:  2.4.0                    
Resolution:                |    Keywords:  animated typing indicator
   Pending:  0             |  
Comment (by deryni):

 The color changing of the tab labels still exists, the infopane does not
 however change colors. So with a single tab you will not see the color
 changing as the tab is hidden to reduce the amount of duplicate
 information on screen.

 There were a large number of requests for an iChat/Google Talk style
 typing notification, how many I don't know as I didn't count. No, there
 aren't "hundreds" of requests for the old icon back, and every single
 person who has requested the icon back is free to create the exact same
 plugin I would be likely to create at this point if I was going to add
 this feature.

 Your assumption is that there wasn't a reason to remove the old icon and
 that there wasn't a reason to add the new notification. You are wrong on
 both of those counts. A number of people (a small number I'll grant)
 didn't like the icon. A number of people (as I stated a moment ago) wanted
 the new notification. The old icon was not disable-able (which would could
 have fixed without removing it entirely, I'll grant) the new notifications
 are. More plugins, especially for features not everyone wants is a good

 A plugin is a fine solution, if people hate the lack of the icon so much
 they are so infuriated that they don't bother to go look for ways to get
 it back I'm not exactly eager to go out of my way to cater to them. As
 opposed to people who do come to look for a solution to whom I am more
 than willing to explain and give help (but I'm not writing code for a
 plugin I have no intention of using, I don't have that kind of time).

 Adding a dropdown in the preferences is in no real way a better option
 than a plugin and is in at least one way worse, it doesn't allow people to
 choose both. And before you say "well ok then use checkboxes then" I'll
 say that's exactly why I want a plugin. I'd even likely vote for including
 a cleanly written, simple plugin to bring the icon back in pidgin directly
 if the author wanted us to do that.

 Yes, something is wrong. You, and the handful of people like you who want
 the behaviour back, are unwilling to put forth the work necessary to bring
 it back. You want us to do the work for you because you ask us to.
 Thankfully, you have no idea how much I thank you for this, you haven't
 resorted to the sort of rampant name-calling and insulting that the manual
 resize 'champions' resorted to.

 As I said, I am more than happy to assist anyone who is attempting to
 write the typing notification icon plugin with whatever assistance they
 need, but I am not going to write the code myself. The other pidgin
 developers are likely to also be more than willing to answers any
 questions asked, either on the devel mailing list or in the pidgin

Ticket URL: <http://developer.pidgin.im/ticket/5034#comment:46>
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