Hidden on MSN Messanger

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    Hidden on MSN Messanger

    I want to put someone in my contact list to see when they are online, but I don't want an alert comming up on their end saying I have them as a contact. Is there a way I can stay hidden from that?
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    I think MSN and most messengers have an "Hidden" or "Appear offline" status that affects everyone on your list. Other than that, I think you could block the particular user, which might do what you're suggesting, but they should still get the notice that you added them.

    Many messenger protocols require that an "adding handshake" occurs in the adding process, where both parties add the other, or at least that the one party is notified that they have been added by another, so they have the opportunity to void the action.

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    Exactely the problem, I can't have them know their on my list.
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    Then I don't think it's possible. Messengers were supposed to be setup to allow people to voluntarily communicate with one another, not to spy on one another.

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    I'm pretty sure the protocol is specifically designed to not allow you to do that. It would be a massive invasion of privacy issue.

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    Messengers were supposed to be setup to allow people to voluntarily communicate with one another, not to spy on one another.
    Heh, good point.
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    You cannot add someone in MSN unless they know you are adding them. The only exception to this rule is when you have blocked them or deleted them AFTER having added them and then re-add them. I do not think MSN sends a second email to the user asking them to allow you since they already have in the past.

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