[Haskell-cafe] hackagebot future ?

Jay Sulzberger jays at panix.com
Wed Dec 28 02:51:50 UTC 2016

On Tue, 27 Dec 2016, Simon Michael <simon at joyful.com> wrote:

> Hello all,
> hackagebot is the bot I've been maintaining for a few years
> which announces new hackage uploads in the #haskell IRC
> channel. I've tried to keep it "a well-behaved, non-annoying
> bot". It's configured to announce up to 5 uploads at a time,
> with at least a 5 minute interval between announcements.
> As our community grows, upload activity increases, and more
> megaprojects with many uploads appear, I've seen more
> complaints about the noise, and noticed channel ops muting it
> temporarily. A few weeks ago this happened, and also a possible
> problem with the correctness of the announcements or the feed
> was reported. I didn't have time to investigate, so I left it
> offline, inviting feedback if anyone missed it.
> Since then I've heard nothing. So, even though I personally
> like seeing the uploads, and the conversations and connections
> that sometimes result, I'm inclined to let hackagebot rest
> indefinitely. Or, would a new maintainer like to take it on ?
> If you have feelings about it one way or the other, please
> reply on-list.
> Thanks!
> -Simon

Perhaps one could send a signal to hackagebot telling it to not
send announcements, or perhaps to queue 'em up and then send a
batch when requested.  Or maybe have the bot just send a pointer
to today's web page with all of today's announcements, neatly
laid out.


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