Empathy is not in line with the much discussed guidelines

Michael Bienia michael at bienia.de
Thu Jun 25 11:41:55 UTC 2009

On 2009-06-23 17:30:34 +0200, Vincenzo Ciancia wrote:
> -1  It flashes the notification area. THIS IS FORBIDDEN. Update notifier
> can not do that. Why should empathy do that? This must be fixed.
> -1  It does NOT OPEN A POPUP on new messages. When the infamous
> update-notifier popup was decided, it was argued that pidgin already did
> that. I am a pop-up hater and the IM client is the only exception. In
> fact, for IM a pop-up may be desired. This is because if I start the IM
> client chances are I *want* to be disturbed and if a contact calls me I
> *want* to interact immediately. So ehm, I know it should not come from
> me but can we have the popup back?

There is a bug open at the gnome bugzilla about it:
(Notification icon must be clicked before user can see new messages)

It looks like some persuasion is needed to get even an option for
pop-unders of new chats.

It certainly will be a blocker for myself to switch to empathy, when
I've to check the small indicator applet icon regularly to see if
there are some new messages or not.


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