We believe that, by adding a second line of text to each buddy list entry, we're able to show more information about each buddy on the buddy list.
The "Big List," as we call it, shows status text and idle time concisely and attractively.
In general, to maintain the aspect ratio, you should begin with a square icon.
Drag out the buddies that do not belong in the contact.
You inadvertently created a contact from two buddies.
In the source tarball there is a plugin, contact_priority, that does not install by default.
If installed and loaded, this plugin allows for some modifications to the algorithm that Pidgin uses.
Not with Pidgin alone, but the List Handler plugin, which adds some importing and exporting capabilities.
It's likely you have inadvertently combined some buddies into contacts when you did not intend to do so.Most importantly, it puts the buddy icon in the list, making it far easier to locate buddies within a large list where names are harder to pick out than images.Due to the increased usability of this interface, we have made it the default.Specifically, you can weight certain accounts to be either more likely to be chosen or less likely to be chosen.This cannot, however, be done on a per-buddy basis with the existing plugin.Additionally, clicking the icon in the infopane should also enlarge it.