3 Replies Latest reply: Nov 19, 2012 2:31 PM by Ralph Johns (UK)
MadManish Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

I have a friend who I will receive blank iChat messages (...thought bubble. No text) from every week or so. She says she never sent an iChat message. Not getting this from anyone else. Any thoughts?

  • 1. Re: Random Blank iChat Messages
    Ralph Johns (UK) Level 9 Level 9 (67,500 points)

    Hi,

     

    I would check carefully that it is from the said Buddy.

     

    With AIM Screen Names you can also create Display names

    Most people use it to add spaces and capital letters to their normal Screen Names.

     

    For instance I tried to register my name ralphjohns but ended up with ralphjohnsr  (An added r rather than a number)

    I could create the Display Name of Ralph Johns but this would make me look like the person that did mange to register ralphjohns.

    If I did this I might be able to mask myself as the other Ralph Johns.

     

    However then managing to appear on any of this other Ralph Johns' Buddy's as a Chatee would be almost impossible.

     

    It is possible however that your buddy has a name that is close to the name of  a Bot.

    A Bot is normally a name hooked up to software that can answer questions of give information out  ( A sort or auto-responder)

     

    You say Thought Bubble.

    DO you mean the chat looks like it is going to start but only ever has the ellipses in it ?

    See pic below of part of a chat window in Messages.

    Screen Shot 2012-11-19 at 21.40.28.png

     

    If you are seeing this then your Buddy has an open Chat with you and is placing the cursor in the text field as if she were going to type but then does not.

     

     

     

     

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    9:46 PM      Monday; November 19, 2012


    Please, if posting Logs, do not post any Log info after the line "Binary Images for iChat"

     

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  • 2. Re: Random Blank iChat Messages
    MadManish Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Yes, I am seeing the ellipses. However, it is before any conversation has transpired. The iChat box pops up, with the thought bubble never to be completed.

  • 3. Re: Random Blank iChat Messages
    Ralph Johns (UK) Level 9 Level 9 (67,500 points)

    Hi,

     

     

    Which version of iChat do you have ?

     

    I have not noticed it in 2 through 6 before.  (That it will open a Text Chat and show the ellipses only).

     

    I have previously kept chat "open" in version 4 and 5 when the App allowed the Last Chat or an open chat on Quitting to be re-shown on opening the app.

    I would notice the ellipses appear and disappear as Buddies would highlight their Chat window if moving it about or clearing the decks as it were.

     

    Do you have Auto-Accept set up  for Text Chats ? (Not an option I have tried)

     

    It is late where I am and there will be delays before I pick up on any replies.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

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    10:31 PM      Monday; November 19, 2012


    Please, if posting Logs, do not post any Log info after the line "Binary Images for iChat"

     

      iMac 2.5Ghz 5i 2011 (Mountain Lion 10.8.2)
     G4/1GhzDual MDD (Leopard 10.5.8)
     MacBookPro 2Gb (Snow Leopard 10.6.8)
     Mac OS X (10.6.8),
     Couple of iPhones and an iPad

    "Limit the Logs to the Bits above Binary Images."  No, Seriously