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From "Yonik Seeley" <>
Subject Re: IRC chats
Date Tue, 10 Oct 2006 17:48:30 GMT
On 10/10/06, Justin Erenkrantz <> wrote:
> On 10/10/06, Paul Fremantle <> wrote:
> > 1) we log the chats to the dev list (yes I know we always did)
> > 2) If we have any proposals in the chats we explicitly send these out
> > as separate notes and follow up in email to make any decisions. In
> > other words the IRC chats are not formal decision making forums
> > (fora?) but there to stimulate discussion.
> > 3) we choose a time that is as convenient as possible to all our
> > global contributors.
> This is an extremely fine line to walk, so you must be prepared to be
> vigilant about ensuring that you don't present the IRC discussions as
> a fait accompli - and permit a true and honest discussion on-list.
> All decisions need to happen on the list, or it is as if the decision
> didn't occur.

To facilitate this, how about coming up with something users would be
encouraged to cut-n-paste at the top of irc logs or other non-list

Something to the effect of
"These discussions happened outside the official dev mailing list and
are still open for discussion.  Feedback and further discussion is

It's normal for people to work up prototypes/designs on their own and
present something to the dev list. If people want to work in a
real-time collaborative manner on either code or discussions instead,
it would seem beneficial to not discourage it too heavily.
Collaborative development tools are just going to get better over time

For myself, I dislike IRC/IM and prefer asynchronous mailing lists...
but maybe I'm just getting old ;-)


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