[Haskell-cafe] hackagebot future ?

Brandon Allbery allbery.b at gmail.com
Wed Dec 28 03:00:37 UTC 2016

One of the issues that was brought up was that there was a bit of a flood
of badly filled out cabal/stack projects uploaded at one point, so the
channel got treated to a lot of "foo: Initial project template"
announcements. Not much a bot can do about that, but it does increase the
frustration level in-channel a fair bit and make people wonder if an
announce bot is worth the trouble.

On Tue, Dec 27, 2016 at 9:51 PM, Jay Sulzberger <jays at panix.com> wrote:

> 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.
> oo--JS.
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