On Tue, Jan 09, 2007 at 08:48:48AM -0800, Sean Egan wrote:
> On 1/9/07, Luke Schierer <lschiere@...> wrote:
> >Instead, this proposal wants to make the conversations match the chats.
> >I don't like the idea. I don't see anywhere near as many people asking
> >how to enable that plugin as I do people asking how to disable the
> >notification in chats.
> This is true, but an important distinction is that generally people
> only keep IM conversations open when they're talking with someone, in
> which case they strongly benefit from knowing when that person's
> presence changes. Chats, people generally stay in for real long times,
> even when nobody's speaking, such that the noise of people joining and
> parting drowns out the signal of people talking. This issue is only
> for people like me and Ka-Hing who keep IMs open forever.
I would say that the various people who complain about log file per
conversation window instead of per day also do this. Based on my own
use, and that of those whose computer screens I have seen personally, I
would tend to guess that a common pattern is to agressively close *some*
but not *all* tabs/conversations. I think, but cannot prove, that this
change would hit a wider audience than just those like you who leave
many/most tabs open for ages.
> Perhaps a reasonable solution would be something like a GtkExpander in
> the conversation window when two status updates occur in a row. That
> sounds hard, though, and won't be finished for 2.0.0.
This would have several affects.
1)the history plugin would likely print out a long list of status
changes, obscuring the content it is meant to display
2)we would have to track things written to the backlog in a way that
allows us to edit it retroactively. We currently write and forget.
3)users would have text in the backlog that *does* something, which
could interfere with selecting. We would also have to be careful of