[Standards] Proposed XMPP Extension: Getting a User's Attention

Peter Saint-Andre stpeter at jabber.org
Fri Jul 6 20:05:36 UTC 2007

Rachel Blackman wrote:
>> How do other services implement this kind of "poke" feature? I assume in
>> the UI you can right-click or whatever to choose "poke stpeter" and your
>> client sends this special message off to me. I think it's less likely
>> that you'd send a message ("hey pay attention!") with the poke, but
>> naturally you could do that. If my client didn't know anything about the
>> poke namespace (or was configured to ignore pokes) then it would simply
>> ignore that part of the stanza.
> We have a poke function in Astra, and basically it's just a little
> shaky-window icon in the toolbar.  Works with the AIM, MSN, Yahoo, etc.
> pokes; I'll make it work with this.  (Obviously, it's something which
> can be turned off, and which personally I /do/... but it was a very
> highly-requested feature, so.)
> Since poke (or buzz) is usually just implemented on any service or
> client as your message window jittering around on the recipient's
> desktop like a toddler who's just drunk a venté espresso, people tend to
> send a message, then hit poke.

I guess we can't call it poke, since that's already taken by XEP-0132.
But "buzz" is fine with me unless it's trademarked by one of the
existing IM services -- "attention" is kind of boring if you ask me. ;-)


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