Opened 5 years ago

Last modified 5 years ago

#15967 new enhancement

Include option to disable XMPP entity time broadcast

Reported by: ageisp0lis Owned by: EionRobb
Milestone: Component: privacy
Version: 2.10.9 Keywords: XMPP, entity time, privacy


Currently Pidgin broadcasts the local time of XMPP users. This can be viewed on the Buddy Info page. This is really not good for security or people who need to conceal their time zone or location. Would be nice for privacy if there were an option to disable or a plugin that took care of it.

Change History (1)

comment:1 Changed 5 years ago by bleeter

  • Owner changed from bleeter to EionRobb

Eion, could please run me up a plugin to do this. I'd rather it see it go out as a plugin for now so as to not mess around as much with core Pidgin until such time as we have a better grip on what side effects may happen by allowing this to be turned off. I'm also mindful that doing things this way would probably require at least a small change to the XMPP prpl any way. I'm mindful that if it were included as a prpl option for XMPP, precisely nothing might change... but then again those are sort of like famous last words (particularly given the level of knowledge I have of libpurple's XMPP). There may be other plugins out there which do rely on this information and would need some sort of workaround, etc. Hence, I'm eager to see the core of libpurple permit this to happen before such time as the UI functionality is introduced to Pidgin/Finch/Adium? itself (if in fact the devs decide that it'd be an OK function to have ship as standard etc.) or if they ship a plugin to do so. I'm going to suggest that the default option for the plugin should be to turn OFF the broadcast. Otherwise, one would enable the plugin then check the option to disable the broadcast. That seems rather overkill. By enabling the plugin, one would assume the user already wants the broadcast disabled. Apologies for being a bit long winded. I'm going back to my 05:52 coffee now :)

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