Request: IRC Logbot

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Request: IRC Logbot

Postby BrentNewland » Tue Mar 06, 2012 11:35 pm

I saw an older topic about this at http://reactos.com/forum/viewtopic.php? ... 36&p=40666
It mentioned that users need to be able to chose not to be logged due to Freenode guidelines.
We'd need to explicitly state the channel is being logged and provide a way for people to "opt out" in accordance to freenode guidelines. Whether it's worth this kind of effort, I lean towards the it's not side. I don't know how the other developers feel about it.


I tracked down what I could at the freenode website:
http://blog.freenode.net/2007/12/bloggi ... t-logging/
http://blog.freenode.net/2007/12/more-b ... t-logging/
If you’re publishing logs on an ongoing basis, your channel topic should reflect that fact. Be sure to provide a way for users to make comments without logging, and get permission from the channel owners before you start.


I was able to find at least this bot (http://moritz.faui2k3.org/en/ilbot) that allows you to turn off logging for a single comment (as Freenode requests). I imagine it could also be modified to allow a user to disable logs for their username (though that would have to be for registered users), and you could probably ban the bot for periods of time when you need private chat.

I also found a PHP bot that has a built in time-out function (leave for specified amount of time), but I'm not sure if it has per-comment logging disabling. https://github.com/pogosheep/IRC-Bot/

Having a searchable log of the IRC channel activity would make it easier to find information and for people who don't visit the IRC channel to find out more about the status of ReactOS.
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Re: Request: IRC Logbot

Postby Z98 » Wed Mar 07, 2012 12:13 am

The project will not publish logs of its channels. This is not just us following freenode policy, this is a policy the project itself chooses to enact.
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Re: Request: IRC Logbot

Postby BrentNewland » Wed Mar 07, 2012 12:42 am

I didn't see that posted at the Project Development Policy or the Constitution or any of the FAQ pages (or anywhere else, for that matter).

If you speak for all of ReactOS and this decision has already been made and is final, please reply and I'll get it posted on the FAQ.

If not, then I wouldn't mind having a discussion about this topic (which is why I posted) so people can explain the benefits and detriments of doing this.
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Re: Request: IRC Logbot

Postby EmuandCo » Wed Mar 07, 2012 8:31 am

This was discussed several times in the mailing list and here. We do not allow logbots or other useless bots in our chat rooms. There's nothing we have to log and we believe in privacy. If someone wants to publish his comments somewhere, he is free to, but the rest stays in the irc chat room.
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Re: Request: IRC Logbot

Postby BrentNewland » Wed Mar 07, 2012 8:39 am

Very good. Thank you for your response.
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