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After months of complete silence, ICQ spam has started again. Unfortunately, it is not even possible to put these people on ignore since kopete does seem to have lost its ignore option. Or, at least, I cannot find it any more in the menus. At least, kopete doesn't show a message from a new contact before one has decided whether to add or not to add the new contact. A very good idea. Not.

I decided to query #kopete on freenode where the Ignore button has gone to. But, I didn't get any information. They said "your kopete, 0.11.1, is old. Please update to 0.12, this is the supported version."

WTF? I am using Debian unstable, with has the latest released KDE, and kopete 0.11.1 is part of current kdenetwork. And the developers refuse support for a package which has been built a mere six weeks ago? Have these people lost their grasp with reality? This sooooo ridiculous.

Is there any other useable ICQ client that integrates well with KDE?


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StefanB on :

You could create a Jabber account and access your ICQ accounts via a gateway (most Jabber servers have one). Then you could use Psi, which is a very good instant messenger and integrates well with KDE.


daFux on :

Is there any other useable ICQ client that integrates well with KDE?

What's so bad about bitlbee+irssi?

chithanh on :

Debian packages for Kopete 0.12beta1 are available.

Ana on :

Hi: Sim works fine to me.

Marc 'Zugschlus' Haber on :

Support like "Where is the 'Ignore User' button in the currently released, stable kopete version". Support that doesn't scold users for using the latest release version instead of the development snapshot that the developers enjoy hacking on.

Kimie on :

Try Trillian? I'm happy with it...

mattr on :

If you're using the message queue (Settings->Configure. On the behavior page, in the General tab) and the message bubble preview (Same page, on the Events tab), you can have the option of ignoring individual messages from users.

Sadly, except for MSN, Kopete doesn't support blocking of users yet. And according to bug reports, blocking in MSN doesn't even work correctly. :-(

Sorry you got such a crappy response. You shouldn't have been told that 0.11 is too old, cause it's not. If you're still interested in other clients, you could try SIM or LICQ, both of which integrate decently with KDE.

Some of us do still care.

Matt Rogers Kopete Lead Developer

Marc 'Zugschlus' Haber on :

I really appreciate your help. I have now enabled the bubble preview and will see whether the ignore function will help here. Since the Spammers use throwaway accounts, it's mainly a warm stomach feeling to hit ignore anyway.

Did kopete never have an ignore function? I remember having an "Ignore" menu entry in the contact context menu available from the chat window.

What we have here is a classic misunderstanding that people on a project's IRC channel are easily misconceived as official representatives of the project. This is of course wrong, and I'll take this as a lession of taking information received on IRC channels with the appropriate grain of salt.

mattr on :

I know somebody committed an ignore function, but then they disappeared, it suffered bitrot, and was later removed, since at that point, it completely quit working. I can't remember if it ever got released or not though.

Alexander 'zowers' Petrov on :

As developer I would suggest you to try sim-im:

it's Ignore function works great

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