Logging of Ubuntu LoCo Teams core channels

Ubuntu LoCo Council loco-council at lists.ubuntu.com
Mon Oct 4 20:01:53 BST 2010

 Dear LoCo Contacts,

Greetings from the LoCo Council, We would like to take a moment and discuss
some ideas with you about implementing LoCo Bot logging of #ubuntu- channels
on freenode. There is a method to this madness, and this would only apply to
#ubuntu-<loco-team-name> (*main channels only, not off-topic ones*).

The LoCo Council have discussed the issue of LoCo-team channel logging with
the IRC Council and we've taken advice from Jono Bacon, the Ubuntu Community
manager. It was recommended to us that all LoCo teams should enable logging
for their main channel, and that we open this up for discussion on this
mailing list.

For many Approved teams this is already a standard practice and we thank
you  for it, but we would like to encourage this practice among the rest of
the teams for a couple of good reasons:

   - When new contributors are checking out teams they will have an
   opportunity to read past logs in effort to better learn more about the team,
   this will help them to see what they can expect from the team, and even
   potentially find where there are needs that they might be able to help with.

   - Transparency - LoCo team channels (especially main channels) should
   strive to be a collaborative environment, where both gurus and new users can
   feel at ease to ask questions and have discussions in a non-offensive
   manner. Many channels ask in their channel topics that users within the
   channel be respectful and honor the Ubuntu Code of Conduct.

   - Help the LoCo Council with team mediation in case of issues that arise.
   We have had several teams and team members asking the council the help with
   issues that have surfaced only to find that most of the complaints of
   behavior/dialogue took place within unlogged channels. This then becomes an
   issue of one contributor/member/users word over another, and can make things
   very difficult to mediate, and issues hard to resolve.

We would like for this to be considered a requirement for all LoCo Team
Channels, who are present under the #ubuntu- name space on freenode, not
just Approved Team channels. This would only apply to each team main/core
channel and does not apply to additional offtopic/chat channels.  While some
teams have created offtopic channels in the past this has also lead to the
team core channel not being used and in some cases killing off their channel
so please be considerate of this.


The LoCo Council
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