Bug 967853 - Cannot add contact
Cannot add contact
Product: Fedora
Classification: Fedora
Component: empathy (Show other bugs)
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Assigned To: Brian Pepple
Fedora Extras Quality Assurance
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Reported: 2013-05-28 08:29 EDT by David Woodhouse
Modified: 2015-02-18 08:54 EST (History)
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Description David Woodhouse 2013-05-28 08:29:43 EDT
It doesn't appear to be obvious to me how to add a contact in empathy. There used to be a *menu*, but that was evidently too confusing for users and had to be removed?
Comment 1 David Woodhouse 2013-05-28 08:37:57 EDT
The help that we ship with it suggests that to add someone to my list of contacts I should:

1. Choose Chat ▸ Add Contact.

But I don't see *where* this 'Chat' menu is... I can right-click on an existing contact and attempt to chat with them, but that doesn't seem to get me any closer.
Comment 2 Brian Pepple 2013-05-28 21:08:20 EDT
Isn't it still available from the Gnome Shell context menu -> Chat -> Add Contacts?
Comment 3 David Woodhouse 2013-06-21 16:02:44 EDT
Er, which menu? Where?
Comment 4 Brian Pepple 2013-06-21 19:01:31 EDT
the gnome shell application context menu, next to the Activities menu in the upper left hand corner of the screen.
Comment 5 David Woodhouse 2013-06-21 19:05:18 EDT
Aha. I have found it.

When you mouse over an application and its window becomes focused, its icon and name appear in the gnome shell bar at the top of the screen. That is the "context menu" of which you speak.

You need to quickly move the mouse from the 'contact list' window to the top of the screen without allowing any other window to become focused (which might be easier with a mouse than my trackpad), and then you can find 'Contacts... Add Contact' (or 'Search for Contacts' which seems not to with with haze/sipe) in there.

This could perhaps do with being documented more clearly. Or fixed, since the whole context menu thing seems to make more sense for full-screen applications (for those whose screens are small enough that full-screen makes any sense at all), and certainly doesn't work nicely for a small window like empathy's.

Could we at least have an option to put the menu back *in* the application? I'm not aware of any other apps where the shell context menu has options that *aren't* available through normal, user-discoverable, means.
Comment 6 David Woodhouse 2013-07-10 07:29:33 EDT
From mailing list discussion upstream and https://bugzilla.gnome.org/show_bug.cgi?id=695377 (especially #c2) I believe that this is an Empathy bug.

It shouldn't have fundamental menu options like this appearing *only* in the silly GNOME "menu elsewhere" that you had to explain to me.

They should *also* appear actually *in* the application's window itself.

For the general case, the following command makes the application's menu actually appear in the application — so Empathy's 'Add Contact' feature ends up back in the app window where it belongs. But it would be useful if users didn't have to do this, just to restore basic functionality:

gsettings set org.gnome.settings-daemon.plugins.xsettings overrides \
      "{ 'Gtk/ShellShowsAppMenu': < 0 > }"
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