Meaning of two areas of status menu?

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Meaning of two areas of status menu?

Postby ljnelson » Thu May 08, 2014 9:53 pm

Hello; thank you for a great product.

This seems like a very dumb question but I did my homework and could not find the answer in the help documentation.

The Status menu consists of several areas. The first area consists of an "Available" entry and a "Custom..." entry. The keyboard hotkey for "Custom..." is command-Y.

The next area says simply "iTunes Status". Fine.

The next area also has statuses. Mine currently reads: Away, Invisible and Custom.... The keboard hotkey for *this* "Custom..." entry is command-option-Y.

What are these areas used for? That is, I know that they are used for setting statuses (:-)), but how does the first area differ from the third?

Additionally, when I choose "Custom..." from either area, I seem to get the same custom status dialog box. What is the difference between these two menu entries that both seem to allow you to set a custom status?

Thanks for any help.

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Re: Meaning of two areas of status menu?

Postby Robby » Thu May 08, 2014 11:29 pm

The answers to your questions are indeed not answered by the documentation, I believe.

The upper part is a list of statuses of the „available“ type – also indicated by the green status icons –, the lower part is a list of statuses of the „away“ type - also indicated by the red status icons.

As far as I can discern, the menu items for the custom statuses differ in that the first one comes with the „available“ status preselected, and the second with the „away“ status.

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With that said, I find your question interesting. In all the years I’ve been using Adium, I never thought about the layout of that particular menu. Now you made me think about it, I’m not a 100% percent convinced it’s ideal. Two menu items for almost the same goal seems a bit redundant and I wonder whether it makes sense to visually separate „available“ and „away“ statuses.


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