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databird
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?
alexp2_ad
Idle means messenger has set the person as away automatically after a set period of inactivity (eg 10 minutes) and Away means they've set themselves to away.

It can tell the difference because messenger has the ability buil in to it, it just isn't used, it labels both states as away.
Destruction
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Idle means messenger has set the person as away automatically after a set period of inactivity


Couldn't have put it better myself.
desi_babe
QUOTE (alexp2_ad @ Dec 31 2005, 01:06 AM) *
Idle means messenger has set the person as away automatically after a set period of inactivity (eg 10 minutes) and Away means they've set themselves to away.

It can tell the difference because messenger has the ability buil in to it, it just isn't used, it labels both states as away.



so are you saying that it is possible for sumone to be ACTUALLY away i.e be idle and msn can sometimes show it as away? in other words, is it possible for msn to show as "away" instead of "idle" when a contact is inactive?
I am asking this because i m using windows live with the PLUS! patch and all the contacts who r inactive it shows as IDLE.... bt recently my bf said he was watchin a video full screen and he didnt see my mesg or didnt touch computer n then he went to AWAY (not idle)....so i am just wondering if he was lying...or sayin the truth
*Nat*
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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