Empathy Chat Logging

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Empathy Chat Logging

Brian Neltner
Dear Ubuntu Developers,

I'm not sure if this is the correct place to send this request, but the
website says it is for feature and policy discussions.

Basically, I just wanted to say that the inability to turn off
conversation logging in Empathy is an application killer for me. I think
that a lot of people would prefer not to use Empathy until it allows for
one's conversations to not be automatically logged by default.

It's not a huge deal, as I'll just continue using Pidgin, but I wanted
to throw in a vote for that change. The client looks nice otherwise, but
I value my privacy too much to use it in its current state. I also do
not use unencrypted messaging, so Empathy's refusal to support
off-the-record is difficult to accept. I agree that it would be great if
encryption was done natively in the protocol, but that leaves
privacy-conscious users in the dark until AIM, Yahoo, MSN, GChat, etc
all decide to implement it.

Brian


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Re: Empathy Chat Logging

David Futcher-4
On Wed, 2010-03-24 at 15:04 -0400, Brian Neltner wrote:
> Basically, I just wanted to say that the inability to turn off
> conversation logging in Empathy is an application killer for me. I think
> that a lot of people would prefer not to use Empathy until it allows for
> one's conversations to not be automatically logged by default.

I agree completely that this should be an option. I can think of
countless reasons why people would want this disabled (for example,
Ubuntu is used in a lot of Internet cafes, you're going to need to be
able to turn off logging there).

Fortunately, this seems to be in progress upstream:
https://bugzilla.gnome.org/show_bug.cgi?id=567858

However, until that is fixed, the only solution is to use Pidgin or
periodically delete the log files.

David

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