[UbuntuWomen] Ubuntu-women IRC channel discussion

Akkana Peck akkana at shallowsky.com
Wed Jan 6 17:43:03 UTC 2010

> http://wiki.ubuntu-women.org/IrcPurpose

I want to bring up an issue that we've discussed a bit on IRC
but which isn't mentioned on the page:

All the proposals seem to involve public logging: logs posted
to the internet.

The page mentions, as one of the benefits of logging, "Freedom to
share logs snippits of discussions in the channel with third parties
who were not present" or with channel members who aren't in the
channel 24/7.

Fine, that is useful.  But I don't understand why that benefit needs
to be tied to having all logs posted publically somewhere where
Google and other search engines will index them and everything we
say will be searchable by the world for the rest of our lives.

Then the IRC channel stops being a coffee room where we're hanging
out and chatting, and starts being a television studio where we're
filming a panel discussion -- saved to DVD afterward and listed
on Netflix.

If the purpose of the channel is deemed to be discussion of official
business of the U-W project, then the TV panel may be more appropriate.
But I'd miss the friendly coffee room discussions.


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