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Feature Requests item #1180621, was opened at 2005-04-11 06:45
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>Status: Closed
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Submitted By: Dan (clockwerx)
Assigned to: Gary Kramlich (amc_grim)
Summary: Usability: Selective Chat Window Flashing (By Group)

Initial Comment:
Situation:
I'm coding and I'm talking to a group of people. Only
three of them are people I want to talk to, the others
are annoying fools I would love to stab in the face for
taking me out of the zone.

What's Wrong With That:
Random people are stupid and annoying. As a developer,
I don't want to talk to them. As a human being, I'll
talk to them and probably try to get in their pants.
Since ideally I'm keeping my social and business life
seperate, this would be invaluable.

Solution:
Whitelisted group flashing. Disabled flashing for
everyone, except for a certain group I nominate. If any
of these speak, I'm pestered. Otherwise, I don't care
overly much.
Perhaps even tie this to away messages -> so setting
"busy - work" triggers one behaviour, "away, miserable"
triggers another.

Related:
#1177371 - Chat Window Flashing

What do we think?

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Comment By: Luke Schierer (lschiere)
Date: 2007-04-20 11:01

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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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Comment By: Jason Sloderbeck (jsloderbeck)
Date: 2006-06-23 13:30

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For corporate chat use on Windows (we have both jabber and
silc), I can tell you that the inability to allow for chat
conversations to flash is *desperately* needed in the
community. I dug up this sourceforge account which I've
never posted with before just to humbly request that the
chat window taskbar flashing be added as an option (checkbox
in preferences) -- my company has have several employees on
various teams paying for Trillian just for the single
feature of taskbar notification for chat windows.

I know the assumption is that chat windows are constantly
bustling and the notification would be annoying, but it
varies widely among gaim users. For example, my employees
are all IT multi-taskers and we can't go into 4 different
chat rooms (engineering, development, support, emergency,
etc.) every 5 minutes to see if anyone's typed anything
(usually they haven't), which means there's no way for us to
really send out important, timely alerts, to employees.

I realize the systray can flash for some of these events,
but that is completely unnoticeable and not specific on >
800x600 resolutions, as far as everyone I've ever spoken
with is concerned.

As another feature requestor reported, "Chat isn't very
useful if you always have to go back to check to see if
there are new messages." This is true for a very large
number of gaim users -- note that every single IRC or chat
client I can think of has a way of signaling activity in a
given channel (mIRC turns the tab red with the option to
flash taskbar, BitchX has notification options, etc.)

Thanks so much for your time. GAIM is a great example of a
useful, highly adaptive open source project/product and the
new beta is very impressive!

Note: I am cross-posting this comment to other
identical/related requests that have been made over the last
couple of years:

1204451 - Incoming chat messages do not flash taskbar button.
1180621 - Usability: Selective Chat Window Flashing (By Group).
1432949 - Option to enable taskbar flashing for MSN multi-chat.


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Comment By: Dan (clockwerx)
Date: 2005-07-02 23:47

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Stupid SF.net dupe.

Additional thought on representing this sort of thing in the UI:
Contact is dimmed in the list on a scale. Clear, bright,
etc, they can talk to you normally.
A bit dimmer, they can't make stuff flash / beep / whatever.
Even more faded out and kind of hard to see, they can't open
new windows and get told to sod off, you're busy.


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Comment By: Dan (clockwerx)
Date: 2005-07-02 23:24

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Cool, it's been handed out.

Perhaps this is a bit of feature request creep, but...

To set up everything from scratch, it'll really annoy me.
I'm lazy and don't do these things - I don't even have any
custom away messages for GAIM, because i'm too busy doing
everything else at the same time to set them up.

Right now in GAIM you can drag and drop people/groups about.
This is a great feature, for list sorting. I've just been
looking at stuff like http://www.dontclick.it/ which has
made me start thinking about alternative ways to do UI stuff.

Sub idea:
The buddy list has an "i'm annoying" section. You get to be
able to pick up and drop in the box/section to muffle the
flashing / message notification / etc.

The satisfaction, as an end user, of being able to feel like
I'm *actually* picking someone up and throwing them into the
"ssh" section would be a good stress relief.

See:
http://www.getfridged.com/gaim-ui.png

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Comment By: Dan (clockwerx)
Date: 2005-07-02 23:23

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Cool, it's been handed out.

Perhaps this is a bit of feature request creep, but...

To set up everything from scratch, it'll really annoy me.
I'm lazy and don't do these things - I don't even have any
custom away messages for GAIM, because i'm too busy doing
everything else at the same time to set them up.

Right now in GAIM you can drag and drop people/groups about.
This is a great feature, for list sorting. I've just been
looking at stuff like http://www.dontclick.it/ which has
made me start thinking about alternative ways to do UI stuff.

Sub idea:
The buddy list has an "i'm annoying" section. You get to be
able to pick up and drop in the box/section to muffle the
flashing / message notification / etc.

The satisfaction, as an end user, of being able to feel like
I'm *actually* picking someone up and throwing them into the
"ssh" section would be a good stress relief.

See:
http://www.getfridged.com/gaim-ui.png

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