I’m definitely not convinced the solution to all the use cases you’ve shown
is an IM buddy list and don’t see anything about having a central contact
database with IM info being targeted at hackers. All the tasks you mentioned
are about finding a person. Are you saying that scanning through a huge buddy
list is comfortable?
In real life when you’re looking for a person, you use an addressbook.
That’s what the gnome desktop needs. A separate addressbook application for
you to manage your contacts. As currently implemented in the EVo integrated
contacts component, it would contain IM info as well. So when your nympho
Alice wants to scan though her contacts, she can do that in the addressbook
as well as she would in the buddy list. However if she’s actually looking for
someone particular she would have better ways than scanning.
You have to realise people have a *LOT* of contacts (A nerdy disocial home
creature like myself has about 50 personal contacts and that number will be a
lot higher for “normal” people). Especially in the corporate environment
with central contact repositories of employee colleagues and individual
business contacts. I’m convinced the buddy list for instant messaging is
As for IRC-like group chat with no real concept of identity, that you’re
possibly targeting with your nick changes use case, I don’t know. Not being
able to reliably relate data to a person sounds like a nightmare. I don’t see
buddy list providing any solution though. I have to check how the IRC plugin
in gaim really works but I’d be surprised it would deal with people changing
hosts and nicks.