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In Empathy IRC, how do I turn off the "joined" and "disconnected" messages?

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At the moment, there is no easy way to do this.

There is currently an open bug report regarding this issue:

In the meantime, I'd recommend switching to xchat or irssi, which are both great chat programs (xchat is GUI, and irssi is CLI), and are a lot less buggy than empathy. (unless you feel like testing/debugging/extending empathy)

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Here's another vote for xchat. It's a great IRC client, at least with respect to empathy. – Leif Andersen Mar 14 '11 at 1:08
Ok, thanks for the answer. I do like the idea of having an integrated solution, so hopefully this is addressed soon. – Chris Mar 14 '11 at 1:59
And how would one kill JOINS and PARTS in xchat? In irssi, it's a matter of entering '/ignore * JOINS PARTS', but I haven't figured out a way to do this in xchat. – Wesley Rice May 24 '11 at 4:41

I could suggest that you can clean the conversation. It do not prevent to have these messages, but can manually delete it.

  1. Focus a conversation window (not account window).
  2. Use the menu 'Conversation/Clean' or keyboard shortcut Ctrl+L.
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