Pidgin plugin – Keep status message on idle

Noticed that when you’re online and you have a status message, and when your account goes idle, it switches to ‘away’ and either (1) erases your status message, or (2) puts “I’m not here currently” or something along those lines? Here’s the fix (hopefully)!

I decided to write my 2nd plugin to counter this, it seems to work on my single google talk account, in that it keeps my proper status message when going idle. I have no idea whether it works with other types of accounts, or with multiple accounts, if you test it, please tell me the results!

You can download it HERE [keepstatusonidle.dll, 525KB].

Installation steps
Before anything, make sure that you’re running version 2.5.0 of Pidgin or higher.

1) Download the file and place it in your Pidgin plugin folder (e.g. C:\Program Files\Pidgin\plugins). Note: You could try %APPDATA\.purple\plugins folder alternatively.
2) Select Tools > Plugins from the Pidgin menu.
3) In the Plugins window, tick the checkbox for “Keep status message on idle”

You’re good to go! If anything seems amiss, you can delete the dll file!

2 thoughts on “Pidgin plugin – Keep status message on idle”

  1. As of Pidgin 2.5.2, this has been built in properly as a feature, rendering this plugin useless! Heh, oh well. At least I don’t have to worry about this anymore!

  2. I cannot for the life of me figure out how to turn this feature on in 2.5.5 without the plug-in, or change the idle status from “I’m not here right now.” HELP

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