This is a feature I really liked in ICQ and would love to also have in Gaim. I connect to MSN, and would like to be hidden as soon as I sign on (I like to first check who is online before I connect), so that the other people won't know I've connected. Is this possible? MSN Messenger wouldn't let me do it either, so maybe it's not. I'm not that great of a C programmer, but with some guidance I could try to implement it myself (I was thinking something like adding the hiding as one of the sign up process steps). Any ideas? Thanks.
Account states should be kept when we close a session
This is alredy being worked on. It will be available in 2.0.0, but don't wait for it, it will take a while.