I wasted hours trying to compile the switchspell plugin for pidgin. Since I am social and want to prevent others from doing the same, I share my .deb with you. (includes all the other plugins from the purple/pidgin plugin pack that worked with the latest pidgin.
Download (Install just as normal: “sudo dpkg -i purple-plugin-pack_240-1_i386.deb”)
Thanks mate. It means a lot to beginner users and you did a great job.