[Standards] Gateway behavior regarding nicknames and custom status

Matt Campbell mattcampbell at pobox.com
Wed Dec 31 17:15:36 UTC 2008

Hello from an XMPP newcomer:

I've noticed that when a user logs in, the PyMSNt gateway queries the 
server for the user's vCard and, if a nickname is set in that vCard, 
passes that nickname on to the legacy IM network.  Likewise, when the 
user broadcasts a presence stanza with a <status> element, PyMSNt passes 
this custom status on to the legacy network.  However, it is sometimes 
desirable to set one's nickname and custom status on the legacy network 
independently.  Is such a feature beyond the intended scope of XMPP 
gateways, or is this an area that has simply not been considered and 
discussed?  I've verified that XEP-0100 doesn't cover this topic.  I'd 
appreciate any thoughts or clarifications.


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