Hey! Yea. So, for the smaller screen landscape, I did explicitly mention I wanted it as an option. I know this wouldn’t work for everyone’s screen layout (especially ones that keep the chat channel thin, rather than fairly wide like I do), so tabs should still remain if someone prefers them. I know this adds complexity to the code pipeline, but considering how customizable the UI is currently, it is sort of a necessary evil.
As for the chat windows, the title of the channel would turn bold when there’s unread messages (which is the same as it is currently, it also blinks, as you said). The colors would only be for people entering and leaving the channels, with priority for people who have entered. So, if there has been both, it would be green (since there’s more concern for a new random person than someone you already looked at). It’s specifically useful for keeping track of when a new random enters local, rather than always having to keep local separate.
Buddy list is, in my experience, very unused ever since the two-way requirement. In the select few cases people do use it, you already get a notification in the notification center for it, which I would think would be enough to notice that.