the privacy settings in the "Advanced" section of the preferences are reset whenever restarting gajim
Steps to Reproduce:
1. create a new user and login with it
2. start X as the new user
3. start gajim
4. go to edit->preferences (ctrl+p)
5. go to "Advanced" tab
6. disable all options in the "Privacy" section
7. restart gajim
all options in the privacy section will be enabled again
all options in the privacy section will be whatever you set them to before restarting gajim
Cannot reproduce this here.
Could you please start in a console and give me the debug messages?