All people I have in my contact list use Skype as a Chat-System rather than an SMS/Email like communication system. Hence, they are only available for communication when using it actively from a PC.
Many of them run Skype on mobile devices, but only in order to be able to chat on the go, if needed. They normally will not respond to messages received on the mobile device only, but will always be shown as online.
Related topics (link lost) mention that by now even a desktop that hibernates or sleeps may still be shown as online, unless the user has actively set the status to offline. Users who leave their PC running at all times likewise will always be shown as online, since by default they don't seem to ever switch to “away”.
As a consequence, the status “online” has become entirely meaningless, as it carries to information about whether the person will respond.
Since it is impossible to reeducate my contacts to actively log out/go offline when they are not available, a solution must be implemented on the software side.
Some ideas how to improve the situation:
1. Desktop Devices
2. Mobile devices
Such changes should be implemented as far as possible without requiring a client update (i.e. on the cloud-side), at least on the desktop side were updates are not fully automatic. Otherwise the changes will remain ineffective, since many users will keep using old clients, either by neglicence, by choice (e.g. preferrence for layout of old versions) or by necessity (e.g. corporate devices that require updates to be approved by IT).
Note: I am well aware off commands like /showplaces and /removelogout useable to make my own online status more meaningful. They don't solve the problem however, as reeducating my contacts is neither possible nor desireable, especially when the solutions reduce convenience.
It's midnight, I'm winding down for the night. I have about 20 conversations open using Trillian, my instant messaging client of choice. I have several conversations over AIM, many over YIM, and a few over more esoteric instant messaging services. I have 3 different IRC servers connected and several Skype conversations. They all use the same type of window, they're all in different tabs. I'm not the average Skype user - I'm a power user, this is how I relax.
My instant messaging client has a set of accounts for work, gaming, and then a set of personal accounts. After that I have every instant messaging account I've had over the past 15 years bound to it. This means I have well over 20 accounts attached to it! It's a very busy program.
Skype used to support third party clients through the Skype API or Skypekit, however, support for both has been discontinued. The Skype client's interface is much different from my preferred IM client's. It isn't able to manage 20 different tabs at once and it's difficult to keep track with hundreds of different individuals because of how it handles categorization. I can't manage multiple identities/presences at once nor can I write my own plugins to help me manage the herculean task of keeping up with everyone. This is not stuff Skype needs to be worried about doing.
Currently there's no supported way for third party clients designed for power users like me to connect to the Skype network. Skypekit will stop working soon enough and I simply won't be able to keep up with the people who want me to keep up with them. I'd imagine quite a few other power users are in the same boat. None of us want Skype to try to cater the Skype client to our needs - we're not mainstream users, we're a minority and we know it.
However, right now the Skype network is closing to anything but the official client. In my opinion this isn't a good thing. It prevents new and esoteric platforms from accessing the Skype network, it prevents power users from accessing the Skype network in the way they need to access it, and it discourages innovation on the network.
I believe Skype should either remake the Skype API that put the official client in to silent mode, keep Skypekit up to date (though Skypekit had issues with multiple instances running in the background), or provide a means for third party clients to access the Skype network. This could even be done via federation with an open protocol I.E. XMPP or other protocols.
Besides allowing power users like me a way to access our Skype contacts in a way that is seamless from our AIM and YIM and other contacts, the last latter implementation would allow Skype to grow in new and innovative ways, especially as the Internet of Things expands.
Long story short: Skype should allow third party clients a means to access the service that does not require direct user interaction with the default Skype interface.
Thanks for your time and consideration!
I've talked to skype representatives about this problem and to no avail so I have a suggestion for call forwarding to contacts on Skype it should have a confirmation (i.e. if I go to call forward to X person on my contact list then X person has to confirm they want to recieve my calls). So it can prevent harassment for myself and others that might experience it.
Imagine my disgust seeing some tall cat thing when I try to type out ":3". And the horror when I find out that (fubar), (finger), (wtf), and (hollest) don't do anything either.
My idea for the Windows client is for Skype to restore the (fubar), (finger), (wtf), and (hollest) smileys and remove the ":3" smiley (and reverting any other changes that were made that I haven't listed). Put the emote set back to the way it was in version 6.13, please!
I run a skype group chat and I politely request the following features to be added.
The ability for the creator to set the rules and allow users to view them by typing /rules.
The ability to change the group picture.
The ability to ban someone.
The ability to temporarily ban someone.
The ability to set a group status or description.
If you see this don't forget to Kudos this so the people who work at skype can see this.
The white brightness of skype burns my eyes, and a number of other users I know experience similar difficulties. From what I understand, reading through these forum posts, there are a number issues that have been yet to be rectified. However, I feel that allowing users the ability to at least make the selection of a darker theme is elementary to the programs functionality. I would like to see this very simply implementation take effect, until that time however, I will search for a chat client that does not sear my eyes (skype is by far the best though, this flaw just makes it very difficult to use).
Under Options --> Notification settings a Skype user can disable the notification when a user comes online.
This is really usefull in case a use has many contacts since it stops the pop up messages on the bottom right side.
On the other hand it might be usefull sometimes a user to get notified when a specific contact comes online.
My idea is to have an option "notify me when the user come online" when you right click on that contact.
So you will get notified when this user come online but you will not get other notifications about other users when they come online.
I'm the owner and admin of a decent sized (60 members and growing) skype chat and for the past several months I've been using a downgraded version of Skype (6.2) that still allowed Chat Admins to edit and delete messages made by others in the chat, for moderation purposes. I was well aware more recent versions have removed this feature which was why I never upgraded...
Until I was forced to upgrade today which was very, very frustrating as I now can not moderate my chat and I can not downgrade again as you've removed previous versions ability to function.
I use these features to keep the peace, to make sure no hurtful comments are posted and now I can not do this.
I am asking that you please bring these features back, there was absolutely no reason to have them removed in the first place and now I can not moderate my chat efficiently.
And I KNOW there are MANY other people out there who agree this was the STUPIDEST decision you guys have EVER made.
There is NO reason why it can't come back.
I would like to see two features that were implemented in the MSN Messenger.
1. Appear offline to certain people. You can select to whom you can appear offline, but you don't have to block them like you got to do in Skype now.
2. The picture sharing. I'am sending a lot of screenshots to my friend, and everytime he has to download them. In the old but very missed MSN Messenger, at least in the last versions, you could see the picture as a preview in lower quality, and then if you want, you could download it. That was such a great feature to have.
I hope someday we get those features back.
My idea is, get rid of the new advertisement feature which has been put in and appears at the top of the screen when you're typing in chat with someone
Person you're typing to info here
Chat log here
The ad up top is HUGELY distracting. I don't mind ads on the contact list or on the status updates page, but when it's where I'm typing to someone its just unbearable.
This just started today for me and quite honestly it's making me want to switch to another provider for chat like things.
If there was an option to choose where you saw ads that would be acceptable as well, but right now this new thing with the ad popping up up top when I'm typing to someone is horrendous.
There is big problem in status icons.
"Offline" and "Invisible" icons look the same.
So when you set one of these two statuses - during the use of skype you
can't understand what status is set. In order to check is you status
"Invisible" or "Offline" you need always push status button!
it's terribly uncomfortable
Please make different icons for "Invisible" and "Offline" statuses.
3(!) years ago it has already been written -Icon problem
but nothing is changed.
Microsoft maybe you will start to listen?
I am currenly useing skype with new UI(version 184.108.40.206)
I would like to see more color in the UI that user can change by end user somehow, I would be happy even if that could be done by editing registry or some properties file
I would also like to be able to recolor people's chat bubble in conversacion
current and what i would like to see side by side
here is the list of "Missing Features" of Windows Live Messenger that are not present in Skype.
- Possibility to be notified when you receive a new mail in your messenger account.
- Possibility to disable camera completely from Skype (not just disabled for contacts).
- Possibility to change chat font and font color for your own chat, and not for all the chat window.
- Possibility to use animated avatars.
- Possibility to use pictures for background, and GUI color change according to the image selected.
- Possibility to change GUI color.
- Possibility to send short sounds with F2.
- Possibility to use custom emoticons (included animated emoticons).
- Possibility to use winks.
- Possibility to see the messenger contacts ordered by groups.
- Possibility to appear offline to individuals instead of everyone. (This used to be called blocking people).
- Picture Sharing (where you can paste an image into the client and the others see it in their client).
- Sending SMS messages (to mobile phones) at NO COST.
- Pinned contacts on windows 7 task bar which should show favorite contacts.
- Integration with Microsoft SkyDrive.
- Remote assistance.
I have a subscription for Unlimited US/Canada Skype phone calls as well as a number so that people can call me. Roughly I pay $60 for these services.
This morning I spent about 45 minutes online updating the expiration date of my credit card with a dozen different entities with whom I interact. It was effortless:
And then I'm done.
And then I got to Skype. No, I can't update the credit card information. I would have to delete the payment option first. When I tried to do that, I got a message that I would have to cancel my subscriptions first. That means I would lose my phone number, have to get a new one, have to send it out to all and sundry That is outrageous. I contacted Annie at Skype Chat. She tells me that you are aware of the problem and are "working on it". Not working very hard, I think.
There are many messages on the forum which indicate that this is not a revelation to you. Hamalama wrote to you on 01-07-2013 03:35 - almost 2 years ago. The solution which was proposed was to add a new credit card. The person doesn't want to add a new credit card and give you more financial information; they want to edit the information they have provided already. Furthermore, the only way to get the option of adding a new credit card is by either purchasing a new subscription or adding a minimum of $10 Skype credit. I call that blackmail. I should have to pay you to change the expiration date on my credit card??? Seriously?
This is not a fancy frill, an extra added attraction. This is simple business procedure. If you don't know how to get it done, pick up the phone and call one of your online partners. I assume you get an electric bill. They will be able to put you in touch with someone who knows how to solve problems. And, oh yes, I will be posting this to Facebook - as many times as it takes
Hello why doesn't skype bring back the feature were when you were in a group call you'd see the people who had put the call on hold and the people who actually were in the skype call.
I'm usually in skype calls with 1-10 people and I really hate that I don't know which people are in the call and which people that have put the call on hold. I know that skype had this feature before and I never understood why they removed it, so please bring it back.