Should not notify me about buddies signing in/out by default

Bug #345494 reported by Jorge Castro on 2009-03-19
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Affects Status Importance Assigned to Milestone
pidgin (Ubuntu)
Wishlist
Unassigned

Bug Description

Binary package hint: pidgin-libnotify

Now that this is shipped and enabled by default I get notifications when buddies sign in and out of their IM client. I have 40+ people in my IM list so this adds up to a bunch of spam throughout the day.

I think disabling the "Buddy signs on" by default would be a more sane choice in the libnotify popups dialog, after all I want to get notified when someone wants to talk to me, not when they sign into their computer. For people that need to find people when they login Pidgin already has a "pounce" feature that handles that more elegantly anyway.

Related forum discussion: http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=1100490

Jorge Castro (jorge) on 2009-03-19
tags: added: bitesize dxteam
summary: - Should noy notify me about buddies signing in/out by default
+ Should not notify me about buddies signing in/out by default
Ted Gould (ted) on 2009-03-19
Changed in pidgin-libnotify (Ubuntu):
importance: Undecided → Wishlist
status: New → Confirmed
Jeffrey Baker (jwbaker) wrote :

This is a hugely annoying default, and even stands out from the field of somewhat annoying and seriously annoying defaults that Ubuntu has lately acquired. The popups are useless (you can't click on them), redundant (pidgin already has audio notification _and_ buddy pounce), and hard to remove (the config UI is not in the preferences pane of pidgin, and there's no system-wide notification preferences UI).

For the love of all that's good and holy in the world, please dump this "feature".

Mark Shuttleworth (sabdfl) wrote :

I agree with Jeffrey that these would be more useful if they were actionable. That was designed (last-n users should show up in the messaging indicator, so you can see "joe signed in" and then immediately open up a conversation.

For me, the notifications are nonetheless useful, except when I sign on and see a stream of "sign ons" which are really Pidgin figuring out that *I'm* signed on. We need to fix that.

Mark

On Mon, 2009-03-23 at 13:49 +0000, Mark Shuttleworth wrote:
> I agree with Jeffrey that these would be more useful if they were
> actionable. That was designed (last-n users should show up in the
> messaging indicator, so you can see "joe signed in" and then immediately
> open up a conversation.

There is a pidgin-libnotify debdiff on another bug that will send them.
And then there's a indicator-messages debdiff (yet to go up) that'll
receive them.

> For me, the notifications are nonetheless useful, except when I sign on
> and see a stream of "sign ons" which are really Pidgin figuring out that
> *I'm* signed on. We need to fix that.

The attached debdiff changes the sounds in Pidgin to match the the
pidgin-libnotify to extend the timeout for those to be 15 seconds after
the protocol connects. This seems to significantly reduce the number of
false logins for me.

Sebastien Bacher (seb128) wrote :

thanks ted, do you think you could review and include cody's ratio fix in the same revision?

Sebastien Bacher (seb128) wrote :

the diff is a pidgin one, reassigning to the right component now

affects: pidgin-libnotify (Ubuntu) → pidgin (Ubuntu)
Sebastien Bacher (seb128) wrote :

thank you for your work there

Changed in pidgin (Ubuntu):
status: Confirmed → Fix Committed
Launchpad Janitor (janitor) wrote :

This bug was fixed in the package pidgin - 1:2.5.5-1ubuntu5

---------------
pidgin (1:2.5.5-1ubuntu5) jaunty; urgency=low

  * debian/patches/61_crash_on_close_349009.patch
    - Patch from darkrain42 to fix a crasher bug triggered by closing
      the buddy list with chat rooms open (LP: #349009)

pidgin (1:2.5.5-1ubuntu4) jaunty; urgency=low

  * Adding debian/patches/13_sounds_and_timers.patch which adjusts
    the time out for sounds to be 15 seconds, which helps get
    fewer spurious login notifications on slow connections. Also,
    switches a few long term timers to _add_seconds to get a little
    bit of power savings. (LP: #345494)

 -- Ken VanDine <email address hidden> Wed, 01 Apr 2009 14:43:23 -0400

Changed in pidgin (Ubuntu):
status: Fix Committed → Fix Released
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