Feature Requests item #1631111, was opened at 2007-01-08 22:15
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>Status: Pending
>Resolution: Works For Me
Priority: 5
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Submitted By: Andrew Cowe (afcowie)
Assigned to: Sean Egan (seanegan)
Summary: A preference to not display aliases in IRC channels?

Initial Comment:
Feature request:

I tend to have IRC and IM buddies for people, grouped together under a single 
contact with a single Alias. But with an alias applied to an IRC contact, then 
in an IRC channel you get:

John Smith:

which looks a bit stange.

... and if you go to tab complete, it shows "John Smith" not "js" which might 
be the real nick. So you have to remember not to do

John Smith: Hey dude, what's up?

and remember what that person's nick is so that you send

js: Hey dude, what's up?

so that _his_ IRC client will dingle or whatever and recognize that a message 
was sent to him.

I realize it would go against the use of aliases elsewhere, but I think it 
would be less jarring if, in IRC channels, nicks were not converted to aliases. 
Recognizing full well the tendency to reduce preferences, it would be really 
cool if this was something you could alter in the IRC protocol tab.



>Comment By: Richard Laager (rlaager)
Date: 2007-03-13 21:13

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In the 2.0.0 line, we complete both "John Smith" and "js", IIRC. I'm
disinclined to treat IRC as a special case. We're all about making
protocols work the same.

If this is a problem in specific cases, you could alias the *buddy* as
"John Smith (js)" (while still having the contact aliased "John Smith") or
even "js". I do the former, which I find really useful. I get to see "John
Smith", whether he's using "js" or "tacojohn". I don't want to lose that
ability, so I don't think we'll be changing this in general. As you noted,
we like to avoid prefs. Why should IRC be special? Wouldn't your argument
hold for chat rooms in other protocols? Clearly, in an MSN "chat"
(multi-person conversation), you're going to WANT to complete the alias, so
you get "John" or "John Smith" instead of
"[EMAIL PROTECTED]". So what do we do in that case? Use
and complete nicks in chats and aliases in multi-person conversations and
then use, but not complete aliases in conversations? That seems pretty

I'm in favor of just using aliases everywhere and letting people set
aliases as necessary to achieve their objectives.


Comment By: John Holmstadt (linuxwhore)
Date: 2007-03-13 11:11

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I second that. I've been reprimanded for using a person's alias (real-life
name in this case) in IRC. It would seem to me that this sort of feature
should help respect other's privacy.


Comment By: Luke Schierer (lschiere)
Date: 2007-01-09 13:43

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Sean, you will remember I didn't like the idea of aliases in chats for
this very reason.  


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