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  • From: Mike Nichols <mike AT>
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  • Subject: Re: [opennic-discuss] IRC Logs
  • Date: Wed, 31 Mar 2010 10:17:48 -0400
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please read.
* If you're considering publishing channel logs, think it through. * The freenode

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. If you're thinking of "anonymizing" your logs (removing information that identifies the specific users), be aware that it's difficult to do it well—replies and general context often provide identifying information which is hard to filter.

If you just want to publish a single conversation, be careful to get permission from each participant. Provide as much context as you can. Avoid the temptation to publish or distribute logs without permission in order to portray someone in a bad light. The reputation you save will most likely be your own. / network is an interactive environment. Even on public channels, most users don't weigh their comments with the idea that they'll be enshrined in perpetuity. For that reason, few participants publish logs.

could we setup a system that allows logging or records of search against the logs, being the only way they could be available? i can offer help setting this up.


Michael Cusack wrote:
On 03/30/10 15:39, Hanselka, Alex wrote:
I was wondering what everyone's thoughts were on logging the IRC channel and
publishing the logs on the web? Should this be done or not to encourage use
of the mailing list (which is logged)?

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I don't really have an opinion on the matter, but if people want it, I have a bot already made (by me) that does such a thing plus a bit more that can be used for the task. I also wouldn't mind hosting the logs.


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