[Haskell-cafe] hackagebot future ?

Jay Sulzberger jays at panix.com
Wed Dec 28 03:11:19 UTC 2016

On Tue, 27 Dec 2016, Brandon Allbery <allbery.b at gmail.com> wrote:

> 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.

Ah, OK.  Last week I gave to the Hackage search engine "Lambda
Calculus".  I got back many projects.


> 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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