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

Alan Clark aclark at suse.com
Thu Jan 15 17:04:47 UTC 2015

Sounds much more involved and larger scale than what I envisioned. Wouldn't be worth the effort.

> 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.

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