In it's default config, Miranda still pops up a dialog asking for the "status message".
This dialog seems like some remnant that is rarely useful. I never got such a popup from the original messengers (e.g. MSN Messenger) that I can remember.
I always use the default and after being annoyed a few times I go and turn off the popup in the options - a bit tedious since there are several statuses.
I suggest that turning this dialog off by default would be good :)