[development] Logging of IRC Channels?

Larry Garfield larry at garfieldtech.com
Sun Oct 8 21:59:03 UTC 2006

On Sunday 08 October 2006 16:16, Morbus Iff wrote:
> A decision was made today by one of the ops of #drupal and
> #drupal-support: that anyone *publicly* logging the channels
> would be banned.

I am (relatively) new here, so I have no idea what existing policies may or 
may not already be in place formally or informally.

My first question, though: What does "publicly logging" mean?  My IRC client 
(Gaim) logs everything I say or do in any channel or IM or PM.  I know a lot 
of people who do that.

> I'd like to get a communal response to this, however.
> My generic opinion is:
>   1) anyone who believes any internet communication is private,
>      without prior warning (encryption, auth, etc.), is naive.


>   2) the #drupal-support channel is a large font of knowledge,
>      fixes, and help. not being able to search it, or use its
>      resources outside of real time, is a great loss.

True, although I suppose one must add "but that's what forums are for".

>   3) that this should not be the decision of one person.

True, with the caveat above that it may have already been decided and I just 
don't know about it.

>   4) feelings that it would change the "mood" of the channel
>      is no different than being informed that a mailing list has
>      a moderator (or is archived) or that anything you post on
>      Drupal.org is also search-engine-able: you self-censor
>      yourself. IRC is no less "professional" or "private"
>      than any other medium.

I guess it still depends on what "publicly logging" means.  If it means what I 
think it means, then this list is "publicly logged", as are forums.

Larry Garfield			AIM: LOLG42
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exclusive property, it is the action of the thinking power called an idea, 
which an individual may exclusively possess as long as he keeps it to 
himself; but the moment it is divulged, it forces itself into the possession 
of every one, and the receiver cannot dispossess himself of it."  -- Thomas 

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