Facebook contact list oddness
gizmokid2005 at gmail.com
Fri Aug 2 09:56:41 EDT 2013
On 8/2/2013 9:54 AM Jimmie Mayfield <jimmie at sackheads.org> said unto
support at pidgin.im:
> Hi. Lately I've noticed many of my Facebook contacts often show up
> as numeric userids (ie. -12345678901234567 at chat.facebook.com). From
> time to time, for a few moments, these numeric IDs get replaced
> by their correct human-readable names before changing back to numbers.
> Anyone else seeing this behavior? Is there a way to mitigate from within
> Pidgin? Simply setting the contact's alias from within Pidgin doesn't
> seem to "stick" (presumably since Pidgin uses the server-provided names
> to avoid potential conflicts).
This is an issue with Facebook's actual service not a Pidgin issue. This
has been plaguing a lot of people lately. I've even seen it switch from
the userID to the actual name and back multiple times within a conversation.
Unfortunately I don't think that there's any way from within Pidgin to
actually mitigate this issue. That alias is set by the server, thusly
setting it in Pidgin doesn't retain as you're seeing.
More information about the Support