I haven’‘t found a discussion on this issues with a quick search (although I have to admit that my query words were somewhat weak) so I’'d like to propose the following changes/additions:
Looking at the latest beta there is already a way to change the emoticons. Where’'s the button/checkbox/tool to disable those beasts completely? Should be fairly trivial…
Privacy concerns/Typing notification:
Gaim allows me to turn off these “Composing a message” notifications. While I like the feature in a corporate only setup I don’'t want those notifications to be enabled all the time. A simple checkbox for this would be great and should be quite easy to support as well.
On this Gaim/Typing notification topic: The 2.x version of Gaim has a plugin that opens a message window as soon as someone starts to type a message for you. That means you see a window before they send the message and therefor already know that X is gonna contact you now. Very nice for a corporate environment again, imo.
Thanks in advance for any answer. I really like Spark, it could become my client of choice (and with the latest Gateway plugin for Wildfire/Openfire my multi-protocol client needs are gone), but these “annoyances” would need to be fixed. I sure could hack on Spark myself, but I’‘d rather stick to the original than create a private fork… I’'m lazy…