[jdev] Do Not Disturb, Directed Presence, etc

Jonathan Dickinson jonathanD at k2.com
Tue Jul 1 08:50:49 CDT 2008

I think the base problem here is that people don't read. I may set my status to DND, but I promise you I will get some idiot contact wanting to partake in some small talk.

I think the solution, really, would be the flashing red lights and 'do you feel lucky punk' as Pedro said. Ultimately this takes:

1. The client (program) who is in do not disturb mode to:
   a. Provide non-intrusive and brief alerts.
   b. Allow the user to respond with a predefined message by interacting (a la attended predefined response, Nimbuzz has something like these).
2. The client (program) who wants to contact the user in DND to:
   a. "This user has asked not to be disturbed and should be contacted only if absolutely nessecary" should be displayed at the top of the chat window.
   b. Possibly an annoying confirmation dialog on the first message sent. "Are you sure you want to disturb this person?" Or even requiring that the user press an annoying key sequence like CTRL+Enter to send every message.

> -----Original Message-----
> From: jdev-bounces at jabber.org [mailto:jdev-bounces at jabber.org] On
> Behalf Of Remko Tronçon
> Sent: 01 July 2008 11:47 AM
> To: Jabber/XMPP software development list
> Subject: Re: [jdev] Do Not Disturb, Directed Presence, etc
> > - A responds to B's reply with an auto-responder whining about being
> > disturbed.
> I have yet to discover another use of auto-responders except annoying
> people. First of all, I can see when clicking someone's roster item to
> send him a message that he/she is not online. Secondly, my IM client's
> chat dialog tells me "Your contact is away: Out eating". If I still
> send him a message, despite all this, i don't really want a reply
> stating the over-obvious "I'm currently away, out eating" (which is
> especially annoying if the other side decides to wait 2 seconds
> because of lag, and his chat dialog is already closed). I say away
> with all auto-responders.
> cheers,
> Remko
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