October 04, 2007

Update :

An official announcement has been posted on Yahoo Messenger about this issue :

"Some of you have left comments about this issue in the last couple of days… There was a change made to the length of status messages that reduced the maximum characters to 40. It was an inadvertent change and we’re working now on rolling it back to what it was (250 character max). Thanks for your patience!"

Seems like redwinedrummer from Reverse-Engineering the Cross-Com beated Yahoo!Messenger Status Message Character Limit which set by Yahoo Messenger team on On October 3, 2007:

"On October 3, 2007, the folks at Yahoo! imposed a 40-character limit on status messages. So I decided to play around with Yahoo! Messenger, and found a solution to lift this limit. As of this writing, there have been no steps taken to counter this fix.

I had a feeling that this was a silent update/patch by Yahoo! And client-side, too. Client-side, because 1) status changes are almost instant. 2) Trillian and Linux clients can have longer status messages. 3) There is no delay in checking the character length between the client and server.

Suspecting that the limit is client-side, it makes sense to give a try at reverse-engineering the problem. Since it’s also been my experience with Yahoo! Messenger that a lot of the configurations are kept in XML files..."
Continue reading : Beating the Yahoo! Messenger Character Limit

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