I am having several issues with Empathy, that pretty much made me go back to Pidgin.

First of, Empathy somehow removed pretty much my entire ICQ contact list and I have been unable to "get them back" in any way. Logging back into ICQ on Pidgin shows absolutely nothing - so I fear they are gone.

Second, I have major issues with it's MSN client. Often I will get an "unknown error" when I send a message containing specific characters, such as the Scandinavian "æ ø å". Often, I've been told, I do not receive replies from my contacts either, most likely because of the same reason.

Anyone know a work around on these? It is dire bugs.