Bugs item #1455192, was opened at 2006-03-21 10:11
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Category: win32
Group: None
Status: Open
Resolution: None
Priority: 5
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Submitted By: iceman76 (iceman76)
Assigned to: Mark Doliner (thekingant)
Summary: automotacilly changes the privacy settings

Initial Comment:
I have bothering unqnown people from icq always asking
to be allowed to add me in their icq list.
I set privacy just to get messages from people in my
frien list, but gaim itself changes the setting to
"everyone but those in the blacklist".
The strange think is...it does it after some time. I mean:
if I set the privacy as I want (get message only from
buddies) than I close and restart gaim...the setting is
still correct, but after some hours, and none having
access to pc...it starts appearing annoing message from
unknown people to be added in my contact list....
and if I chack the gaim privacy setting it's changed to
"get message from all, but those in the blacklist"...by


Comment By: Eugene Crosser (crosser)
Date: 2007-02-27 21:27

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During last year, increased bot/spam traffic on ICQ finally made me
upgrade in the hope that recent versions have the problem fixed.  Still, as
of 2.0.0beta6, despite the privacy setting does not automatically change
back to "Block only users below" any more, setting "allow only users on my
buddy list" does not work as expected.  That is to say, does not work at
all: messages from accounts that are not on my buddy list, including spam,
are displayed as before. Rather annoying.


Comment By: Etan Reisner (deryni9)
Date: 2006-09-07 12:31

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First things first, the privacy dialog in gaim sucks. It is one of the
worst dialogs gaim has ever had. It is also one of the hardest to redesign.
The visibly selected option *does not* mean that that is the privacy
setting that is applied for ICQ. ICQ has complicated privacy settings with
multiple privacy lists that are in use all at the same time. gaim shows the
privacy list that was last used in that dialog. So just because the dialog
changes doesn't mean anything actually is different.
All that being said, gaim also currently only implements the ICQ presence
blocking privacy lists and not the message blocking lists. So, even if you
block the spammers they can still send you messages.
And once last thing, the reason that spammers found people so much when
using gaim 1.5.0 is that that version of gaim set your account to be Web
Aware (your status published on the website), the 2.0.0 betas have that
setting as an option that defaults to off. Simply upgrading to the betas
will likely cut the amount of spam *significantly* if not entirely.


Comment By: Thomas Zajic (zlatk0)
Date: 2006-09-07 12:21

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Same here, this is *really* evil. Just for the record, this annoying bug
is still alive and kicking in 2.0.0beta3.1. :-(


Comment By: Sam M. (sam_malenfant)
Date: 2006-05-11 18:07

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The pattern seems to be whenever GAIM wakes up after an idle
time "away" and "sometimes" on restart, it checks with my
(ICQ) account and incorrectly resets privacy to "block only
the users below".  If I stay active on the PC all day, and
the connection is not reset, it sticks to my prefered "allow
only users on buddy list".  This suggests its a protocol
problem reading the settings from my ICQ account.  

Besides fixing the protocol, an alternative workaround might
be to have GAIM be authoritative for such settings rather
than try to read it from the remote account.


Comment By: Dee-Ann LeBlanc (dee-ann)
Date: 2006-03-24 02:29

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It does this to me too, and it's maddening, since it leads
to a lot of ICQ spam and harassment from what I assume are
bots. This really, really, really needs to be fixed.


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