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Is it possible in Empathy (Ubuntu 11.10, gnome-shell) to receive notifications when somebody posts a message to a chat room?

I have checked the "Enable bubble notifications" box under edit > preferences.

I currently receive notifications for direct messages from my colleagues, but not when somebody posts to the chat room.

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+1 This is so frustrating. We use IRC for our group chat at work. – George Mauer Feb 24 '12 at 16:33

It does not look to me like there is a way to enable notifications for this, at least not if you're using Unity.

However, you can set sounds to play whenever you receive a message under Edit > Preferences > Sounds:

Screenshot of Empathy Preferences window

However, you can have notifications displayed (whether you like it or not) if you use Empathy through GNOME Shell without your chat window being focused. A notification will appear at the bottom of the screen, showing the messages and even allowing you to type a reply.

I realize this amounts to my answer basically being "use sounds instead or switch your session", but that's the best I can come up with.

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Thanks for your reply. I am already using gnome-shell. I like the notifications at the bottom of the screen, but my problem is that they do not appear for the chat room. – Alasdair Nov 24 '11 at 10:31

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