Pidgin sure is one of the best IM client out there. But one has to admit that it has a few irritating traits at times. One nagging problem, that I personally faced was the “huge” tooltip that pops up when you mouse-hover over a Buddy’s username on the list. Like this:
If you too found this nagging, and you use Linux, I have the solution you have been looking for. Just open a terminal and type in the following:
echo "gtk-enable-tooltips = 0" >> ~/.purple/gtkrc-2.0
Now restart pidgin and the tooltip will no longer pop up. Hope this helps !!