Feature Requests item #806177, was opened at 2003-09-14 17:00
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Submitted By: Anthony (thoughts)
Assigned to: Nobody/Anonymous (nobody)
Summary: service-type icons / away icons

Initial Comment:
I just upgraded to gaim 0.68, and the icon situation
got even worse.

With AIM, you can tell at at glance who's away, because
they have a big yellow icon next to their name.

But with gaim, every buddy using AOL/AIM has an their
service-type icon next to their name, and the "away"
icon is the same exact icon with a tiny little yellow
"post-it" on top.

So my complaint is:

1.) There should be an option to disable the
service-type icon, INDEPENDENT of the away icon.  They
are fundamentally different; service-type is like
"properties" of the buddy, but the away-icon is a
status indicator.

2.) #1 would of course first require the
dis-integration of the away icon and the service-type icon.

The bottom line here is that the away icon is a status
indicator that frequently changes for any given user. 
The service-type icon indicates a property of the user
that NEVER CHANGES and as such, doesn't warrant a
permanent (non-defeatable) chunk of buddy list
real-estate.  And the usefulness of the away icon is
greatly diminished when it's obfuscated by a
service-type icon that can't be disabled.

(And the new two-line display option isn't a fix for
this... that's even more confusing, and makes it almost
impossible to get any information from your buddy list
"at a glance"; by intermingling the status ("away" etc)
with the usernames, it completely clutters and confuses
the display.)


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. 


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