[Standards] Re: [jdev] XEP-0115: Entity Capabilities

Rachel Blackman rcb at ceruleanstudios.com
Tue Jul 3 22:43:56 UTC 2007

> I have to admit, the only times I've wondered what client someone's  
> using, I've asked them directly. You know, using the wetware layer.  
> "What client are you using?". It's an old fashioned way of doing  
> it, but it works really well, and gets you quite a bit of  
> additional freeform metadata.
> I suppose this new fangled version thing would work okay, too,  
> there's no pressing need for me to know, though, most of the time.
> However... I hate to lose potential functionality out of a protocol  
> - it feels wrong. I've no better argument than that, though.

As was noted, it provides a good 'default' icon for people who don't  
have a buddy icon set.  You can set a little trident for anyone using  
Psi, and so on.

Beyond that, I can't think of a good reason for it, but add as an  
anecdotal note when I pulled displaying the client version in  
tooltips out of the early builds of Astra, the testers howled bloody  
murder until I put it back.  So, for whatever reason, I can attest  
that my users actually do want it. :)

Rachel Blackman <rcb at ceruleanstudios.com>
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