IRC logs continuity after BotBot.me shutdown

Harnum, Alan aharnum at ocadu.ca
Fri Sep 21 21:07:10 UTC 2018


As many of you know already, the (free) BotBot.me logging service we use to log our IRC channels is shutting down in early November: https://lincolnloop.com/blog/saying-goodbye-botbotme/

PLANS FOR PRESERVING THE LAST SEVERAL YEARS OF LOGS

I’ve been in contact with the BotBot.me operators and they provided me with a script to download our logs in bulk. I’ve done this already once to make sure it works, and will do it again closer to the time of shutdown.

The logs are extremely basic (a single large text dump for each channel) and will likely require some parsing and re-presentation to be useful. If anyone is interested in seeing the raw logs now, let me know and I can share a private GitHub repo with you.

PLANS FOR IRC LOGGING GOING FORWARD

The plan for logging continuity at the moment is to run a simple logging bot and serve its log through a web server. This is basic but can be executed with reasonable speed so we’ve got some overlap between this solution and the BotBot shutdown in order to work out any challenges with this approach. We can look into

The bot is called “fluid-bot” and the (plaintext) logs are visible right now at http://irc-logs.fluidproject.org/ - please keep in mind this approach is still experimental and I can’t guarantee they’ll be comprehensive at this point – there’ll be some gaps in the next week as I work out any issues.

Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns with this approach.

ALAN HARNUM
SENIOR INCLUSIVE DEVELOPER
INCLUSIVE DESIGN RESEARCH CENTRE, OCAD UNIVERSITY

E aharnum at ocadu.ca<mailto:aharnum at ocadu.ca>
OCAD UNIVERSITY
100 McCaul Street, Toronto, Canada, M5T 1W1
www.ocadu.ca<http://ocadu.ca/>

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