[Telepathy] empathy busy/away status icons color

Felipe Contreras felipe.contreras at gmail.com
Fri Jun 26 06:35:33 PDT 2009

On Mon, Jun 22, 2009 at 2:50 PM, Xavier Claessens<xclaesse at gmail.com> wrote:
> Le lundi 22 juin 2009 à 12:39 +0200, Fernando a écrit :
>> Hello.
>> I've started using empathy and I find quite disorienting the colors
>> that are used for the status icons.
>> Every messaging client I know of (Pidgin, Gajim, Gtalk, MSN, Yahoo)
>> uses a red icon for the "busy" status, while the "away" status icon is
>> either yellow or some white/light color. This color scheme is pretty
>> much a de-facto standard in IM clients, imho.
>> I think that empathy should follow this guidelines, as it's intended
>> to give support to these protocols. For me it's quite confusing and I
>> usually tend to think that someone is away when it's busy and busy
>> when it's away.
>> I've attached a recolored version of the icons in this email, in svg.
>> What's your opinion?
> The rational here is that you have no chance to get a reply from an away
> contact, while busy contacts could reply but with some delay. So away is
> worst than busy, so away is red and busy orange. That's pretty intuitive
> IMO.

Away could mean "away from keyword", and most of the time means; I'm
away, but you can leave me a message.

Busy, on the other hand generally means; I'm busy, do not send me a
message unless it's urgent.

Felipe Contreras

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