I told you it was a good idea and would simplify the options + add a lot of new logging styles
Actually, I also knew it The only thing which always concerned me (and still does) is user-friendlyness. I mean, something like:
"%I%S %_%N %~said %D%_%n%H%S %h:%m:%s:%|%M"
does look confusing, right?
Ok, maybe not for you, for me neither, but certainly for a novice user who never had been working with such variables before. Experienced Miranda users won't have a problem with that system, they are used to variables as they are everywhere in MiM.
That's why I plan to keep most of the message log related menu entries to quickly show/hide certain elements. My idea is that a novice user should not HAVE to deal with the templates and still get a good looking message log, together with some options to change the layout quickly "on the fly". He won't even see the templates, unless he invokes the template set editor.
"Advanced" users who feel that the available menu options are not enough to change the look of their message log can then still customize it by editing the templates.