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Re: Instant Messenger

On Sat, 2006-04-08 at 13:37 -0700, Dan Thurman wrote:
> I have been using the "Instant Messenger" (gaim) on FC
> and there is on thing that has been annoying me so far.
> I am getting bombarded with authorization request to be
> allowed buddy access and I was forced to 'Deny' authorization
> every time it pops up, which in some cases is very persistent!

There's a separate "privacy" control available through a menu in the
main window.  It has options for who's supposed to be able to reach you.
However, I find it doesn't always seem to do what it advertises.  I also
find it doesn't always stay as I set it (e.g. resetting from only users
on your list can contact you, back to only the users listed below are

Until recently this hadn't been a problem, as I'd not seen any ICQ spam
for years.  But now I'm getting a couple a night, quite often.  If it
weren't for the fact that some people I chat with only having ICQ, I'd
probably ditch it.  I dislike this problem, plus how it advertises your
IP address to everyone all of the time (not just providing the
information when you consent to a connection).

Additionally, if you want it so that the other person is unable to add
you to their list without your permision, I think you're dependent on
having set such a preference with the real ICQ client, and they must be
using an obedient client.

(Currently running FC4, occasionally trying FC5.)

Don't send private replies to my address, the mailbox is ignored.
I read messages from the public lists.

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