As there are some emoticons that I really hate to see when talking with my friends on Yahoo or Gtalk, I wrote a small pidgin plugin to filter them out of the received messages.

It took me about 5 hours to understand the architecture of Pidgin and write this plugin. The source code and compiled files can be found here.

To install this plugin :

  1. Copy the binary file ( ) to ~/.purple/plugins
  2. Restart your Pidgin, a new plugin named Message Filter … will appear in your plugin list.
  3. List all the words (separated by space) that you never want to see in the conversation.

Now I feel very comfortable when chatting with all my emoticons-addicted friends, and if you’re curious about my blacklist, here it is :

:| :-| ^^ ^_^ :-/ :-? /:) :(