Mac Messenger "Appear Offline" being weird

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by macfilm, Dec 10, 2008.

  1. macfilm macrumors regular

    Nov 11, 2007
    Hi, I've attached a picture to show what I mean (sorry for all the painting lol) but at times when I'm on MSN Messenger for Mac I always appear offline but people still start convos with me which is very annoying. They see me as a red offline icon but I appear under the online section with "busy" next to my name.

    Why does my "appear offline" not seem to work?? :confused:

    Cheers for any help :)

    (Mac OS X 10.5.5 with latest messenger)

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  2. macfilm thread starter macrumors regular

    Nov 11, 2007
  3. Nitromaster macrumors 6502

    Jan 7, 2007
    It's because Mac:Messenger sucks.

    The number of stuff it's missing or doesn't work right is disappointing at this stage, might have been ok 3-5 years ago but hardly now in comparision to Live Messenger on Windows.

    Another example:
    If a contact is appearing online you can't send them an instant message if you don't already have a convo window open with them, it only allows you to send an email. However if they send you a message while appearing offline you can respond, same if you were talking to them earlier and still have the window open.
  4. macfilm thread starter macrumors regular

    Nov 11, 2007
    If you appear offline you can still talk to online people on the Mac version but sometimes it will timeout that way. If people could not see me online then they wouldn't start convos with me, its just very annoying and I've not come across anyone with the same issue of them being seen as online when they are in fact appearing offline.
  5. Gray-Wolf macrumors 68030


    Apr 19, 2008
    Pandora, Home Tree
    If you only "Appear" offline, you really are online, and people can still talk to you. You have to BE offline for them to get the message of your not there, send an e-mail.

    I talk to a friend all the time, when he shows offline.
  6. macfilm thread starter macrumors regular

    Nov 11, 2007
    Hi cheers for the responses. Yeah you can talk to someone who is appearing offline but my issue is that people see me as online and I thus start convos with me, thats different than talking to someone you know is actually online
  7. Gray-Wolf macrumors 68030


    Apr 19, 2008
    Pandora, Home Tree
    Recheck your settings, and try again to"Appear offline" and get a friend to look at it on his computer, and send you a screenshot of it. If I have the Appear offline, all other people know is I'm off line. And I am using Messenger for Mac
  8. mwxiao macrumors regular

    Jul 5, 2007
    Make sure you don't run any full screen program when you appear offline. Or change that option in preference.
  9. kolax macrumors G3

    Mar 20, 2007
    Turn off "set my status to busy when full screen".

    Even if you are offline, it'll set your status to busy. Clever one Microsoft ;)
  10. Karvel macrumors regular

    Jun 27, 2007
    Yeah I'd always have people being able to start conversations with me when I was setting my status to "Appear offline", that never occured with the Window counterpart. So there is basically NO way on the Mac client to genuinely "log in to MSN to see who is online but not have people initiate conversations with you"? *le sigh*
  11. MacDiegoX macrumors newbie

    Jul 11, 2008
    Lima, Peru
    offline issue

    The same thing happens to me. I set my status "offline" and suddenly i have two of my contacts talking to me!! There is no privacy!
  12. qwerty2k macrumors regular

    Dec 27, 2007
  13. SignorinaBo macrumors newbie

    Apr 27, 2009
    Just don't use msn messenger. use some other messenger programs. Eg: Mercury messenger, they are pretty good. Doesn't have the above problems. Also allow video & audio conference.
  14. Canteaus macrumors newbie

    Jun 11, 2008
    I have the exact same problem

    Msn: mac is total garbage. It's total crap in terms of stability and compared to the window msn its really behind in all the bugs and features.
  15. MaTUC macrumors regular

    Jan 23, 2009
    Santiago de Chile
    This is normal , happens also on the Windows version :).. so don't worry :D... soon I hope you'll be able to annoy people who's offline hahaha

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