[OpenStack Foundation] Elections: Could we set the IRC topic?.

Jeremy Stanley fungi at yuggoth.org
Thu Jan 15 15:28:28 UTC 2015

On 2015-01-14 17:23:53 -0700 (-0700), Alan Clark wrote:
> A suggestion: Could we set the IRC topic, at end of mtgs (aka
> header) on the appropriate channels to "Get out and vote today!"

We have an IRC bot we use for temporarily modifying channel topics
and making in-channel announcements, though it's not really intended
to be used to alter topics for more than a few hours (susceptible to
connectivity issues and netsplits which can cause a loss of state
and result in topics getting "stuck" with the temporary text). As
mentioned in other replies, channel topics while persistent are
actually not that noticeable in most IRC clients--abusing that bot
to do a few brief election reminder announcements in channels might
reach more people. I'm trying to get some consensus from our other
infrastructure admins on this possibility since people can be a
little touchy about what they may see as unnecessary spam in IRC.

> Seems like meeting, meeting-alt, community, dev would be great
> targets.

Our statusbot currently sits in ~60 OpenStack-related channels:

<URL: https://git.openstack.org/cgit/openstack-infra/system-config/tree/manifests/site.pp#n266 >

> I'll be happy if people start complaining that we are spamming
> them about voting :-)

It's a distinct possibility.
Jeremy Stanley
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