> On the other hand I would like to ask for a buddy icon hiding button.
> Maybe it could be displayed right next to the buddy icon (actually more
> like the resizeable bar dividing typing and reading area already is) and
> no need for it to be visible unless the buddy icon is really available.
-- This is already there. Right-click on the icon, and there's an option to hide it.
> Finally, once written down the icon-hiding thing, I would like to note
> that maybe even better place for the buddy icon would be inside the
> upper left corner of the conversation area. Hovering over the text area
I don't believe this would be possible without severe hacking or a new GTK widget
(Non-rectangular TextView? Ew), which shouldn't be done without a very good reason.
Is there one, apart from "It's the way MSN does things"? Alternately, the icon
could be in that pane of the window, but that would waste space with little icons
and I don't think it would look very nice.
On the matter of scaling, I'm ambivalent. I think it looks bad, but it might be
worth a shot. On the idea of one tab's widget resizing affecting another's, I'm
of the mind that it's a very, very bad idea. (though it might be nice for gaim
to automagically remember the setting on a per-IM/chat basis)