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When I link contacts in empathy, facebook becomes the default account used in a new chat.

Is there a way to change the default account? I'd like to avoid using facebook whenever possible, and instead have different preferred accounts to use for different people.

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closed as off topic by Marco Ceppi Jun 14 '11 at 13:31

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What exactly do you mean by new chat? – Octavian Damiean May 6 '11 at 19:31
What to do with questions that describe known bugs? this has been reported on Launchpad and as such is now closed. Please track progress on that bug tracker site. – Marco Ceppi Jun 14 '11 at 13:31

I gave this a try and I see what you mean. When you link contacts together, the accounts have some kind of sorting applied.

For me: MSN accounts always come before GTalk accounts and accounts for the same protocol are sorted alphabetically. I'm guessing this is because my MSN name comes before my gtalk name in the alphabet.

Double clicking on your meta contact to start a chat uses the first account in the sorted list. (Fortunately, the sorting also takes into account the user's status.)

I think the inability to set a default account is a bug. Please report it with ubuntu-bug empathy.

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Ok I reported it at thanks – zorkerz May 7 '11 at 14:59

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