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post Dec 30 2005, 11:16 PM
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Ok, I'm just wondering, in regards to the "mess patch", how it can distinguish "Idle" from "Away" users. What does Idle mean? It means they're really away, and not just faking it, right?

Does the Idle thing always work (like does it sometimes make mistakes as to who is Idle or Away)? And how can it tell? Does it base it on whether the computer's mouse has moved or the keyboard keys have been pressed?
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post May 3 2010, 05:45 PM
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It's a Plus thing. I was just having a look around the options but couldnt find it. It certainly used to be there. You will only appear as idle to other people if they too have Plus installed.

Edit: found it... Plus > Preferences & Options > Messenger > Contact List

As regards your boyfriend showing as away I don't know. The only thing I can find similar is this in the main messenger options but suggests to show as busy instead.

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