Merging & Un-Merging Buddies/Contacts

Dezrah Majere DezrahMajere at
Mon Mar 8 19:38:00 EST 2010

Dear Pidgin Support,

I have apparently been having the same exact problem that Bob had three
years ago with Pidgin. It appears this was a bug back then.
I accidentally merged two contacts with the same name (who are NOT the same
person) and I want to UN-merge them. Unfortunately, your FAQ
does not address how to do this. It briefly mentions that Pidgin will offer
to merge two buddies/contacts with the same name - with no other

After reading the archived post below (and the ones connected to it), I
tried to perform the same task as described in those posts by moving one
 to "separate" them, but the two contacts will NOT separate no matter what I
do. I have also tried deleting and re-adding the contact, that doesn't work

I have Pidgin 2.6.6 (libpurple 2.6.6) installed. Could someone please let me
know if this is another bug?
Also, I would like to make the same request as Bob did in 2007 and ask for a
more complete section in the FAQ
on how to merge AND un-merge buddies/contacts. I agree that there should
also be a button for collapsing and expanding a buddy/contact.

Thank you in advance for your time and assistance in this matter!

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freecycle_tenbob at* freecycle_tenbob at
*Tue Dec 18 21:16:42 EST 2007*

Hi Daniel

Thanks for the additional info. I've been banging my head against the
wall for the past few days wondering what I was doing wrong.

For newer users like me, could you please put a bit more information
into the FAQ to explain the following ...

Why would you want to group several buddies into one contact? (Answer:
They are for different services (eg MSN, AIM) used by the same person).

What does the term "Contact" actually mean and why is it different
from "Buddy"? (Answer: As above (sort of). Although it is odd that the
term "Buddy" no longer refers to a person, but actually refers to a

When you drag and drop a buddy, why does it sometimes move nicely to a
new group and other times become embedded inside an existing buddy
where you can't see it? (Answer: It depends on the exact positioning
of the cursor when you drop it. If you see a line, the buddy will be
dropped between two existing entries. If you see a square box around
an entry, then the buddy you are dropping will become part of that
entry. This is quite tricky to see because the box you are dragging
often completely obscures the destination.)

Thanks to Billy I now understand this a lot better. Others may still
be in the dark !

A small feature request. The procedure to expand and collapse a
contact is inconsistent. To collapse there is a little minus button
displayed. To expand you have to right click and select expand from
the menu. Ideally there should be a plus button displayed like the
minus button.

Thanks for your help.


-------- Original Message  --------
Subject: Re:Where did my buddy go
From: Daniel Atallah <daniel.atallah at
To: Billy Crook <billycrook at
Cc: freecycle_tenbob at
<>, support at <>
Date: 18 December 2007 20:57:37

This was actually a Pidgin bug.

The release notes don't contain information about bug fix.

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