Feature Requests item #1385773, was opened at 2005-12-19 21:44
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Category: gtk-ui
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>Status: Closed
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Priority: 5
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Submitted By: Silpheed2K (silpheed2k)
Assigned to: Sean Egan (seanegan)
Summary: 2.0b1 Please remove the new away buttons at the bottom

Initial Comment:
I dont know who made that decision but the new away
buttons on the bottom arent making things any easier
than the previous gaim...
the context menues were easy and compact while being
very quick.
the new away buttons.. I'm scrolling and accidentally
scroll over it and it completely takes my name offline
and plus having an entire button for each of my account
is just clunky in the buddy list UI.
you all had the right design with the first gaim but
this one is just not well thought out to me..
the first one had it just right and was a winner.
I really like the old gui for the buddy list better...
just the buddy list.. had my essential options nicely
at the bottom..
the rest is good and i'm adjusting...
great work.. keep it up and i hope you all take this


Comment By: Luke Schierer (lschiere)
Date: 2007-04-09 21:14

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As we are closing this tracker, please submit any feature request that is
still valid to http://developer.pidgin.im.  Thanks. 


Comment By: Murple (murpz)
Date: 2005-12-27 14:07

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Agreed... extremely obnoxious.


Comment By: Sven Peter (svpe)
Date: 2005-12-25 10:38

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I like the new per-account status selectors very much.
I only think there are a bit too big. It would be great if
you could make them a bit smaller.
But please do not remove them again. I think the best
soloution is to add an option whether these buttons are
displayed or not.
The user who do not like them could just disable them.


Comment By: Daniel Beardsmore (uilleann)
Date: 2005-12-20 10:30

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As a note -- having a visible display of status is a
definite good thing! Been waiting for this for a looooong
time; I like the Accounts Status plugin but it's buggy and
seemingly abandoned but now gaim can show status all by
itself =) yay!


Comment By: Christopher Dundon (deusinnomen)
Date: 2005-12-20 10:02

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As to not simply make this a "me too" response, this could
be a good opportunity for a configurable setting regarding
the Away Message selection. Simply put, designate how it is
displayed presently in 2.0b1 as "Advanced", create a
"Simple" setting that emulates the 1.5.0 version with a
basic dropdown of Saved away messages, and "None" for the
above suggestion regarding never using away messages.


Comment By: Daniel Beardsmore (uilleann)
Date: 2005-12-20 09:20

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I tend to click "Custom" when I mean "Saved". Saved items
should be a submenu, of:

* All saved items (click to use)
* <separator>
* Edit Saved Items ...

for rapid access to ones you created. Certainly, the saved
status window should vanish if you click Use, as it's a real

But having that new control in the buddy list is (to do a
silvestrij) a *good thing* as it saves piddling about with
the menu bar. I just miss having the options in the tray
icon as I can't go away or unaway from the tray any more :(

Custom per-protocol status is a *good thing* too as I can
use a custom message for out to lunch ("away" in most
protocols) but also use the official Out To Lunch status for

(PS MSN has much more advanced status now apparently, but
gaim doesn't understand it. Though last time I saw MSN
Messenger -- month ago or two -- it showed no signs of this.)


Comment By: Richard Laager (rlaager)
Date: 2005-12-20 03:10

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Per-account status selectors are going to be dealt with  
some other way. For now, you can drag the bar down to  
collapse them.  
We're going to make the global status selector not waste as  
much space. I really think people can deal with a few  
pixels being used, even if they don't ever use the status  
selector, especially given that we used to have buttons  
You're scrolling with the scroll wheel, right? I wonder if 
we could disable that for the status selector? 


Comment By: Nick Daly (myownlittlworld)
Date: 2005-12-19 22:52

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Actually, I'm kinda for the away buttons at the bottom,
though I admit they're a bit klunky/_BIG_ (an option to use
vertically shorter buttons would be nice), so I have several
suggestions to resolve the issue...

1. Make the away stuff at the bottom collapsable (a
collapsable menu)...  Click a wee little button at the
bottom, and it disappears into the wee little button until
you click the button again and it comes back.  That way, it
doesn't take up screen space of users who don't want to see it.

2. Make using the old functionality an option in the
prefereneces?  I don't know if that's really reasonable,
maybe someone could get back to me on that, but I get the
feeling that the two away message architectures are a bit
different between gaim 1.X and 2...

3. Shrink the size of the text boxes that contain the actual
away/available message to the actual vertical height of the
text.  This prevents a mostly empty text box from taking up
screen space that other parts of the GUI need much more.

My non expert opinion is that the text box box should expand
to a max of say, 30 px or 3 lines (whichever is larger), and
after that it's a scrollable box.  It should also be
resizable down to about 1 line of text or 10px (whichever is
shorter) even if it's a 10 paragraph away message - at that
point, it doesn't matter if you can't fit a scrollbar at the
side of the text box, it's obvious that the user doesn't
want to read anything more than the first line or so of
what's in the box.  Let them expand the box if they want a


Comment By: Jamie Macey (vaevictis666)
Date: 2005-12-19 22:17

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I'll second this one.  Even if you don't want to make a
Preferences option out of this, give it a drag handle and
allow us to drag it down into nothingness like you can do
for the individual account statuses.

I never change my status, I'm either offline, "Available",
or idle, and I let gaim just guess at that, it does a mighty
fine job of it already.


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