Some buddies appear "idle" - should be "available"

Lee B. leeb00 at
Thu Jul 24 14:57:36 EDT 2008

The idle settings of these is set to "Based on keyboard or mouse use."

Also, their status does switch to "away," but when they go back to their 
keyboards, their status changes back to "idle."

One of these people initially had trouble with Windows Messenger logging 
on to her MSN account at the same time that Pidgin did and I'm not sure 
how she solved that. Could MSN/Windows Messenger be causing this?

Phil Hannent wrote, on 7/24/2008 1:11 AM:
> Lee B. wrote:
>> I have several buddies who always appear "idle," even when they are 
>> using the keyboard. I can contact them, but they appear "idle."
>> They are all using Windows XP
>> They are all using MSN protocol
>> They all use OTR (if that matters)
>> Others buddies with these same attributes appear normal ("available" 
>> when they are at the keyboard)
>> Is there something I can check or change to rectify this "idle" problem?
> What would be really helpful would be to know how their preferences 
> for idle are setup?  You can set the idle to be based on the last 
> message sent rather than keyboard and mouse usage.
> Also could they try another protocol?  To see if its specific to MSN.
> Regards
> Phil Hannent
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