Meeting started by AlanBell at 18:02:24 UTC. The full logs are available at http://ubottu.com/meetingology/logs/ubuntu-meeting/2012/ubuntu-meeting.2012-11-25-18.02.log.html .

Meeting summary

LINK: https://wiki.ubuntu.com/IRC/IrcCouncil/MeetingAgenda (AlanBell, 18:03:14)

  • Review last meetings action items

LINK: https://wiki.ubuntu.com/MeetingLogs/IRCC/20121028 was the last meeting (AlanBell, 18:04:46)

  • Open items in the IRCC tracker

ACTION: ircc to sort out issue in the tracker (AlanBell, 18:09:45)

  • Review Bugs related to the Ubuntu IRC Council
  • quarterly review of #ubuntu-ops-team channel
  • #ubuntu-discuss is it working?
  • How is Ubottu ban removal going?

LINK: https://bugs.launchpad.net/ubuntu-bots?field.searchtext=bantracker (AlanBell, 18:35:55)

  • review the #ubuntu AKICK list

LINK: http://www.privatepaste.com/377d188b5c/ubuntu (AlanBell, 18:39:36) ACTION: ircc to prune the akick lists (AlanBell, 18:47:07) ACTION: m4v membership to go on next agenda (AlanBell, 18:56:55) ACTION: AlanBell to sort out list of operator applicants for next meeting (AlanBell, 18:57:19)

  • Any Other Business

Meeting ended at 19:04:11 UTC.


Action items

  • ircc to sort out issue in the tracker
  • ircc to prune the akick lists
  • m4v membership to go on next agenda
  • AlanBell to sort out list of operator applicants for next meeting

Action items, by person

  • AlanBell

  • * AlanBell to sort out list of operator applicants for next meeting

  • m4v
  • * m4v membership to go on next agenda


  • * ircc to sort out issue in the tracker
  • * ircc to prune the akick lists

People present (lines said)

  • AlanBell (90)

  • IdleOne (34)

  • Pici (31)
  • lhavelund (19)
  • jussi (11)
  • x1k (10)
  • m4v (8)
  • meetingology (8)
  • czajkowski (5)
  • ubottu (3)
  • chilicuil (2)

Full Log

  • 18:02:24 <AlanBell> #startmeeting

    18:02:24 <meetingology> Meeting started Sun Nov 25 18:02:24 2012 UTC. The chair is AlanBell. Information about MeetBot at http://wiki.ubuntu.com/meetingology.

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    18:02:28 <lhavelund> I'll be doing a bit of running back and forth, but thought I'd pop in.

    18:02:41 <AlanBell> well I would like to start by wishing everyone a very happy "Today"

    18:03:14 <AlanBell> https://wiki.ubuntu.com/IRC/IrcCouncil/MeetingAgenda

    18:03:28 <AlanBell> #meetingname IRC Team

    18:03:28 <meetingology> The meeting name has been set to 'irc_team'

    18:03:31 <Pici> happy today

    18:04:24 <AlanBell> #topic Review last meetings action items

    18:04:46 <AlanBell> https://wiki.ubuntu.com/MeetingLogs/IRCC/20121028 was the last meeting

    18:05:05 <AlanBell> and we did get the ban management code into ubottu

    18:05:23 <AlanBell> and sorted out and blogged about the uds channels

    18:05:36 <AlanBell> so that is all good

    18:05:41 <Pici> woo 18:05:45 * lhavelund cheers.

    18:05:50 <AlanBell> #topic Open items in the IRCC tracker

    18:06:13 <AlanBell> don't think we have any

    18:06:23 <Pici> I'm pretty sure we don't either.

    18:06:53 <AlanBell> err, maybe we do have one

    18:07:25 <AlanBell> Ticket #819361 appears to exist

    18:07:46 <AlanBell> um, we should look at that, I totally missed it happening

    18:08:02 <IdleOne> If it involves me I apologize and it won't happen again

    18:08:07 <IdleOne> Smile :)

    18:09:13 <AlanBell> hmm, we can look at that later, I think it is something that has already been resolved in -ops

    18:09:45 <Pici> Its a bit stale...

    18:09:45 <AlanBell> #action ircc to sort out issue in the tracker 18:09:45 * meetingology ircc to sort out issue in the tracker

    18:09:52 <AlanBell> it is stale I think

    18:09:56 <AlanBell> #topic Review Bugs related to the Ubuntu IRC Council

    18:10:10 <AlanBell> we have none \o/

    18:10:35 <Pici> Well, we have one. But its sort of in limbo.

    18:10:43 <AlanBell> yeah, it is incomplete

    18:11:07 <AlanBell> we have closed bug #913541 (however I think a bunch of people since expired)

    18:11:09 <ubottu> Launchpad bug 913541 in ubuntu-community "there are a number of people with Ubuntu IRC cloaks who have expired from the ubuntumembers group" [Undecided,Fix released] https://launchpad.net/bugs/913541

    18:11:12 <Pici> If anyone can come up with an idea so that we can do something about it, that would be good.

    18:11:30 <AlanBell> and bug 892500 is now closed

    18:11:32 <ubottu> Launchpad bug 892500 in ubuntu-community "eir is still not fit for purpose in #ubuntu" [Undecided,Fix released] https://launchpad.net/bugs/892500

    18:11:38 <Pici> A bunch of people expired from the team that votes on IRCC elections, not from membership.

    18:11:59 <AlanBell> yeah, but they might have had membership through that team only, I haven't checked

    18:12:33 <AlanBell> but anyhow, we are looking pretty good on the bugs front

    18:12:37 <AlanBell> #topic quarterly review of #ubuntu-ops-team channel

    18:12:54 <AlanBell> so, how are people finding the ops team channel and conversations in it?

    18:14:00 <Pici> I personally find it useful, but I'd like to see what other people think.

    18:14:13 <AlanBell> I know I find it very useful to have that channel distinct from -ops and separate from the ban resolution discussions

    18:14:17 <lhavelund> I recently returned to these parts after a long period of other obligations. I enjoy not having to feel like I have to filter everything I say, making sure that under no circumstances can it be taking the wrong way, etc.

    18:14:52 <lhavelund> On top of that, previously when resolving issues in -ops, you'd often have multiple queries going with other operators to get another opinion on situations. Now, this can be handled through the -team channel, and it seems to work really well.

    18:16:11 <IdleOne> +1 for the team channel

    18:16:24 <AlanBell> yup, there were concerns when the channel was set up about having a private channel, so it was agreed to review it quarterly to check that the general standard of discussion and usefulness was as originally intended, and I think it is.

    18:16:30 <lhavelund> yeah, exactly.

    18:16:51 <lhavelund> i remember this being brought up a very, very long time ago, and was dismissed for those very reasons. although, having participated for a bit, the fears were unfounded. Smile :)

    18:16:53 <AlanBell> anyone got any concerns about it?

    18:17:18 <IdleOne> Sometimes the topic does get a little OT in there but I think it is good because it helps the team members get to know each other better.

    18:17:31 <lhavelund> IdleOne: I don't see why that's necessarily a bad thing, for the same reason you mention.

    18:17:44 <IdleOne> right, I don't think it is a bad thing at all.

    18:18:00 <lhavelund> -ops was the same back when I was very active.

    18:18:09 <lhavelund> Smile :)

    18:18:16 <AlanBell> ok, lets move on from that and review it again in another three months or so

    18:18:24 <AlanBell> #topic #ubuntu-discuss is it working?

    18:18:26 <x1k> as someone outside of the invitees, I don't see why there would be any issues with a private chan for ops team... wish I could weigh in more on it lol

    18:19:04 <Pici> x1k: there were concerns that things happening 'in the shadows' would be bad for a team whose purpose is to police other users.

    18:19:42 <IdleOne> AlanBell: It needs work, doesn't cost us anything to keep it open. I vote we keep it going.

    18:20:18 <Pici> I think we should remind people (including myself) to use it more often.

    18:20:18 <AlanBell> so #ubuntu-discuss was put on the agenda because it was something we set up and it wasn't getting much traction, however there have been a number of decent conversations in there recently

    18:20:55 <AlanBell> and I still have concerns about flinging people into -offtopic for all non-support discussions

    18:21:14 <Pici> AlanBell: +1

    18:21:19 <lhavelund> What was the original intention with -discuss?

    18:21:26 <x1k> from the discussion on the mailing list, it should stay open but more work should be done to advertise it and get people in there

    18:21:34 <AlanBell> lhavelund: discussion around the topic of ubuntu

    18:21:44 <x1k> I never heard of it other than the irc mailing list

    18:21:56 <Pici> lhavelund: it grew out of the anti-unity sentiment, to have somewhere for people to discuss where Ubuntu was going that wasn't -offtopic

    18:21:59 <AlanBell> so not talking about utter randomness which is fine in -offtopic 18:22:09 * lhavelund nods.

    18:22:11 <AlanBell> and not clogging up #ubuntu with non-support questions

    18:22:19 <lhavelund> makes sense, cheers.

    18:22:36 <AlanBell> plus Canonical were directing people to #ubuntu to "join the conversation"

    18:22:51 <Pici> Yah, which wasn't good.

    18:22:59 <AlanBell> which wasn't entirely helpful, but neither would directing people to -offtopic make any sense

    18:23:21 <IdleOne> Do we know if Canonical has modified that practice?

    18:24:06 <Pici> I think we did something about it... but my mind is fuzzy

    18:24:34 <AlanBell> I am fairly sure they have modified it in some way, sabdfl was pretty clear in his agreement with our point

    18:25:20 <AlanBell> I am not sure if they are directing people to IRC at all now, but we have told them that they are welcome to direct people to #ubuntu-discuss

    18:25:59 <IdleOne> That would surely help increase traffic and discussion if they did

    18:26:04 <AlanBell> ok, so anyone feel strongly that #ubuntu-discuss should be dropped?

    18:26:36 <x1k> the push to IRC has to be dummy proof though.... if I told my wife to get on #ubuntu-discuss, I would get a blank stare lol... web based client?

    18:27:27 <Pici> I think the link to IRC that was provided was through the webchat.

    18:27:34 <AlanBell> x1k: oh, absolutely agreed, but that is all about the context of where it is publicised

    18:27:45 <x1k> +1

    18:27:56 <x1k> sorry, back to lurking

    18:28:17 <Pici> Smile :)

    18:28:22 <AlanBell> #agreed keep #ubuntu-discuss

    18:28:28 <AlanBell> lets move along

    18:28:34 <AlanBell> #topic How is Ubottu ban removal going?

    18:28:46 <AlanBell> any thoughts or comments on this one?

    18:28:56 <IdleOne> bot seems to do what it is supposed to do.

    18:29:02 <AlanBell> better than eir?

    18:29:11 <IdleOne> not in all aspects

    18:29:23 <Pici> Where can it be improved?

    18:29:41 <IdleOne> I would like the floodbot bans /noticed to -ops-monitor so that we can set comments/duration

    18:29:44 <AlanBell> how about the times counting from initial ban point? is that OK or an issue?

    18:30:21 <AlanBell> m4v: o/

    18:30:39 <m4v> yes I'm here

    18:30:46 <AlanBell> just checking Smile :)

    18:32:02 <IdleOne> Also would be helpful if when we did @duration banID it gave the date the ban was set

    18:32:04 <m4v> the ban notices can be moved to any channel, is a config setting. The where to count from the duration of a ban depends on what you folks need.

    18:32:31 <m4v> IdleOne: can be done

    18:33:24 <IdleOne> AlanBell: m4v I kinda liked that all the bans were noticed in -ops-monitor.

    18:34:12 <IdleOne> but for now I really think that we need a way of seeing and being asked to set comments on the floobot bans

    18:34:22 <m4v> I think, once you get into ubottu's code you see that it isn't so easy (i think bantracker doesn't keep ban's information updated at all times in memory, so more fetching form the db will be needed)

    18:34:51 <m4v> but I need bug reports so I don't forget about it Wink ;)

    18:35:06 <AlanBell> fair enough Smile :)

    18:35:55 <AlanBell> https://bugs.launchpad.net/ubuntu-bots?field.searchtext=bantracker

    18:36:00 <AlanBell> in with those ones?

    18:36:28 <m4v> IdleOne: I'm pretty sure there's an option for request the channel to make a comment for flootbot's bans, if it isn't doing it now is because is disabled.

    18:38:26 <AlanBell> ok, so lets file bugs and have a bit more discussion with the rest of the team, generally I am happy that it is being used and there are not howls of anguish Smile :)

    18:38:41 <AlanBell> ok, moving onwards

    18:38:43 <AlanBell> #topic review the #ubuntu AKICK list

    18:39:16 <Pici> Do we want to do that here, or break it up and do it offline?

    18:39:36 <AlanBell> http://www.privatepaste.com/377d188b5c/ubuntu

    18:39:43 <jussi> Offline methinks

    18:39:52 <IdleOne> err that isn't so private

    18:39:55 <AlanBell> well I was going to suggest a general discussion about whether there should be one

    18:40:01 <AlanBell> it isn't private anyway is it?

    18:40:04 <jussi> and Hai everyone

    18:40:13 <AlanBell> hai jussi

    18:40:23 <IdleOne> there should be one.for sure

    18:40:28 <IdleOne> hey jussi

    18:40:31 <AlanBell> so we have akick lists for -offtopic and #ubuntu

    18:40:45 <AlanBell> why do we use them instead of bans?

    18:40:48 <Pici> Perhaps we should send it to the mailing list to get people's opinions who aren't here?

    18:41:00 <AlanBell> are there stuff that should stay, and what stuff should go, and why?

    18:41:09 <lhavelund> AlanBell: it was my understanding that earlier, ban lists were just... getting filled too quickly.

    18:41:16 <lhavelund> whether or not that's still an issue, i don't know.

    18:41:27 <Pici> go: tor, gateway/cgiirc/

    18:42:00 <Pici> akicks can't be accidentally removed.

    18:42:06 <AlanBell> there are some things which are kicking out users with nicks containing rude words, others that ban specific dynamic IP addresses

    18:42:36 <AlanBell> not sure it is the right place for IP level bans, what do you think?

    18:43:00 <Pici> I probably agree.

    18:43:10 <jussi> akick should be for those things that don't change

    18:44:14 <jussi> ie. Rude words, particular service bans

    18:44:54 <AlanBell> ok, so if the IRCC go through offline and prune the list fairly agressively that would be a good thing?

    18:45:14 <AlanBell> limit it to rude words and known bad networks

    18:45:21 <IdleOne> I don't think I have seen services auto kick anybody in years

    18:45:21 <jussi> IMHO yes

    18:45:32 <Pici> IdleOne: its very rare

    18:45:47 <IdleOne> right, prune away. keep the obviously rude ones

    18:46:06 <AlanBell> IdleOne: I did see one a few weeks ago, hence this being on the agenda

    18:46:15 <lhavelund> +1 IdleOne

    18:46:24 <Pici> Any naysayers?

    18:47:07 <AlanBell> #action ircc to prune the akick lists 18:47:07 * meetingology ircc to prune the akick lists

    18:47:24 <jussi> Perhaps move those bans to the normal ban list?

    18:47:35 <AlanBell> yeah, that might be something we do for some of them

    18:47:53 <jussi> Where they get revewed etc

    18:48:26 <AlanBell> right, couple more topics to insert

    18:48:53 <AlanBell> we have the membership application of m4v, however we are not quorate right now Sad :(

    18:49:13 <Pici> :|

    18:49:15 <IdleOne> how many do you need for quorum?

    18:49:25 <AlanBell> three of five

    18:49:41 <x1k> bummer

    18:49:51 <IdleOne> you, pici and me ( I am a Membership board member) make 3

    18:50:02 <Pici> I don't think thats how it works.

    18:50:21 <IdleOne> There is precedent of other board memmbers voting in membershiop meetings

    18:50:25 <IdleOne> members*

    18:50:45 <jussi> l also am on a council that grants membership

    18:50:50 <IdleOne> but if you prefer to wait that is fine also

    18:51:33 <IdleOne> I also think jussi and I have enough IRC experience to make a fair judgment on this application.

    18:51:34 <m4v> I'm ok with waiting, is not like I have been in a hurry to get membership

    18:52:33 * AlanBell reads the charter Smile :)

    18:53:45 <jussi> we have done It before with CZ<tab>

    18:53:58 <AlanBell> yeah, when we had a CC member filling one of the seats

    18:54:02 <jussi> On mobile no tab complete

    18:54:35 <AlanBell> I think it would be best to wait until the next meeting where there are more of us to congratulate m4v on awesomeness \o/

    18:54:58 <Pici> As long as m4v is okay with waiting.

    18:55:10 <Pici> Not that we're going to give him much choice Wink ;)

    18:55:11 <jussi> l don't have an issue with that.

    18:55:16 <x1k> lol

    18:55:43 <AlanBell> lets do that then, sorry we couldn't sort it out today m4v, but lets do it properly at the next meeting Smile :)

    18:56:06 <m4v> yes

    18:56:10 * IdleOne thanks m4v for his awesomeness

    18:56:41 <AlanBell> the other thing we should have put on the agenda is going through the operator applications, which I need to run my little script to list out and we need to discuss them, so lets postpone that to the next meeting too.

    18:56:55 <AlanBell> #action m4v membership to go on next agenda 18:56:55 * meetingology m4v membership to go on next agenda

    18:57:19 <AlanBell> #action AlanBell to sort out list of operator applicants for next meeting

    18:57:19 * meetingology AlanBell to sort out list of operator applicants for next meeting

    18:57:27 <Pici> We've gotten a bunch of applications lately, unfortunately I don't really recognize many of the applicants.

    18:57:48 <x1k> raises hand... ooo oooo pick me

    18:57:57 <AlanBell> !canibeanop

    18:57:57 <ubottu> If you are interested in joining the Ops team, take a look at both http://www.siltala.net/2010/03/24/ops-teams-applications-announcement/ and https://wiki.ubuntu.com/IRC/IrcTeam/OperatorRequirements for info on the process and requirements. You can also learn about what the job entails from people in #ubuntu-irc.

    18:57:59 <IdleOne> This round is taking much longer than previous ops calls

    18:58:18 <lhavelund> I'd rather it takes longer, and we get better suited and more capable candidates.

    18:58:29 <IdleOne> that makes sense

    18:58:52 <Pici> And filters people that just clicked the button instead of being serious about it.

    18:58:57 <lhavelund> Indeed.

    18:59:17 <AlanBell> x1k: http://ubottu.com/ircc/2012/11/03/call-for-irc-operators-2/

    18:59:25 <x1k> ty

    18:59:25 <lhavelund> Run script, check if Wiki page has been updated in the past month or so, if not, scrap.

    19:00:01 * IdleOne scrapes lhavelund and greps for gold

    19:00:06 <lhavelund> none. Sad :(

    19:00:13 <czajkowski> jussi: why the highlight?

    19:00:13 <IdleOne> silver?

    19:00:23 <Pici> heh

    19:00:26 <AlanBell> hi czajkowski

    19:00:30 <IdleOne> hehe czajkowski highlights on czTAB

    19:00:40 <IdleOne> hello czajkowski Smile :)

    19:00:51 <czajkowski> have to as sometimes folks not on desktop are on phones and ping me that way :/

    19:01:01 <AlanBell> czajkowski: we had a quorum issue, but decided to put it off to the next meeting anyway

    19:01:17 <czajkowski> okie

    19:01:28 <AlanBell> #topic Any Other Business

    19:01:31 <IdleOne> Since you are here, what does the CC think of quorum issues being settled by using other board members to fill in?

    19:02:11 <czajkowski> IdleOne: it's what has been done in past events like RMBs before and not a problem as far as I can remember

    19:02:31 <IdleOne> cool, thank you.

    19:02:36 <czajkowski> we've not had a case where a CC person has stepped in uusally someone from one of the other membership boards tbh 19:02:49 * chilicuil waves, he's here to support m4v membership process

    19:03:16 <AlanBell> o/ chilicuil, we are going to do that next time when there are more people to woot!

    19:03:25 <AlanBell> anyhow, any other business?

    19:03:46 <chilicuil> wop, ok AlanBell, I'll be here then =)

    19:04:01 <AlanBell> going once

    19:04:04 <AlanBell> going twice

    19:04:11 <AlanBell> #endmeeting

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