[Pidgin] #6389: XMPP Add Account dialogue needs cleaning up

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Mon Jul 21 07:41:33 EDT 2008

#6389: XMPP Add Account dialogue needs cleaning up
Reporter:  lewiz   |       Owner:  lschiere    
    Type:  defect  |      Status:  new         
Priority:  minor   |   Component:  unclassified
 Version:  2.4.2   |    Keywords:              
 Pending:  0       |  
 The 'Add Account' dialog for XMPP needs work as the current options
 (username, domain, resource, password, local alias) are confusing

 Username and password are self explanatory, as are the three tickbox

 The confusing fields are

 Domain: This doesn't mean anything to the average computer user.  In
 previous versions of Pidgin this was known as Server, which was a little
 more obvious.  This is even more ambiguous as in the Advanced tab we have
 a Connect server option.
 I don't know the best way to fix this, but possible ways might be: 1)
 change it back to server; 2) provide a tool-tip explaining it; 3) provide
 a ? button that can be clicked; or 4) a better, more intuitive, way

 Resource: Filled in by default as Home.  Most users won't change this.
 But what does it actually do, and why is the default not the (hopefully
 unique) hostname of the machine Pidgin is running on?
 Again, this could be made more obvious by: 1) changing the default; 2)
 tool-tip/? button; 3) other?

 Local alias: This needs to be logged as a bug on its own.  Also see

Ticket URL: <http://developer.pidgin.im/ticket/6389>
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