Feature Requests item #802186, was opened at 2003-09-07 19:53
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Submitted By: Filip Miletic (filmil)
Assigned to: Nobody/Anonymous (nobody)
Summary: More logical New IM option

Initial Comment:
Friends, Roman, Countrymen and GAIM developers. Lend me
your ears. :)

Could you consider making a little bit more logical New
IM option (the one you get by pressing Ctrl-I). It
would be nice that the new dialog does an incremental
search over all available friends (i.e. type-ahead) and
that it autoselects the protocol used if the type-ahead
matches somewhere.

Present implementation does no type-ahead and moreover
lets you send a message to a screen name which might
not be associated with the selected protocol. This
happens on regular basis for me and I might not be an

This would also make IM'ing offline buddies easier.
Right now I have to click on Show Offline buddies, then
select a buddy, then IM him/her and then toggle Show
offline buddies again.

Thanking you,


Comment By: Luke Schierer (lschiere)
Date: 2007-04-17 15:42

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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: Ryan Hayle (hackel)
Date: 2003-09-14 11:51

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The ctrl-f feature is great, but not well-documented. :)

I offer, as an alternative, this suggestion from ICQ.  When
you open the right-click context menu on a group, there
should be a "Send IM to" submenu which displays all of the
buddies (including offline).

I can understand why this wasn't important for using AIM,
but now that ICQ, Jabber, and Yahoo support offline
messages, it would be a really nice feature.  The biggest
reason I hate showing offline buddies simply to message
someone is that it usually takes 30 seconds to process the
entire list to display it!  I don't need to see offline
buddies' icons or anything like that, so really it's a waste.


Comment By: Jesse Farmer (farmerje)
Date: 2003-09-08 13:13

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If you want to IM someone on your buddy list why not just
use ctrl+f to search through the buddy list?


Comment By: Filip Miletic (filmil)
Date: 2003-09-08 09:02

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IMHO it is not so. Read on to find out why. :)

The new functionality could incorporate the old one, i.e.
you would still be able to type whatever you want into the
input box. 

Maybe the right way to do it would be to have a mechanism
alike the name-completion of the shells or emacs. So you
could type first few letters and press TAB (or another key
of choice) to let GAIM search through friends list and
select a matching friend (and corresponding protocol!). This
makes IM'ing your buddies easy even if they are offline, but
does not prevent you to IM someone unknown to GAIM.
For me this kind of using IM is rare. Actually I cannot
recall _ever_ IM'ing someone not on the buddy list. YMMV.

As things are now, I have to know by heart all the
screen-names and aliases, since I do not keep the GAIM
window open on desktop as screen space is scarce, and even
if by some twist of event I did, I would still not be able
to IM a friend who just happens not to be online.

To recapitulate: your objection that it would disallow
messaging someone not on your list does not hold. The only
remaining reason against it, with respect to your message,
is your personal preference.

And of course thanks for your time to read through the



Comment By: Luke Schierer (lschiere)
Date: 2003-09-08 08:08

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but that would not let you im someone not on your buddy list
with out changing the protocol back. i don't like the idea. 


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