Patrick Goetz pgoetz at mail.utexas.edu
Tue Jun 16 14:49:38 UTC 2009

Date: Tue, 16 Jun 2009 00:44:07 -0400
From: Asif Youssuff <yoasif at gmail.com>
Subject: Re: about empathy as the default IM application
To: ubuntu-devel-discuss <ubuntu-devel-discuss at lists.ubuntu.com>

 > I've been playing with Empathy for a while, and it has an extremely
 > annoying behavior -- when a message is received from a person
 > without an open conversation open, the alert comes up in the
 > notification area, and does not spawn a new window --
 > this is unlike any other IM application I have ever used.


 > I filed a bug report, and didn't get a friendly response, sadly.
 >        http://bugzilla.gnome.org/show_bug.cgi?id=585914
 > The response I got was "we don't popup a window in the face of
 > the user to not steal focus" -- you can read the bug report for more.

In fairness to the developers, they did re-open this case after a couple 
of other people chimed in to agree with you:

Comment #5 from Xavier Claessens  (empathy developer, points: 19)
2009-06-16 11:02 UTC [reply]

Ok, let's reopen this bug, maybe we can add an option for that.

In general I think empathy's status icon usage needs love...

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