[Theforum] IRC Bot - thepfy

.jeff jeff at members.evolt.org
Thu Dec 27 23:06:00 CST 2001


first of all, i don't feel that this message should have been sent to a
public forum as it's a personal issue between you and martin.  however,
since you've brought it up, i have some things to say about the topic.

> From: Michele Foster
> I was doing some testing in IRC earlier, and discovered
> that one cannot tell thepfy bot to leave.

that's really no different than a human user, is it?

> If I want to have a conversation ONLY with those in the
> room at the time, then I want to be assured that ONLY
> those in the room at the time know what I say.

can you be guaranteed that level of privacy even if the room is entirely
human users?  do you have a say in what human users do with the logs their
irc clients may or may not keep?

> If I'm at a bar with some friends I don't want to think
> that my boss (if I had one) or the FBI had a tape
> recorder attached to my purse and is/can/are listening
> in to my conversation.

what if instead of a tape recorder they sat at the table behind you with a
tape recorder?  or, what if they sat outside, across the street, with a
parabolic microphone?  it's a public place.  whatever you say there could
end up anywhere -- bots or not.  that's why you take the conversations you
don't want your boss or the fbi to hear out of the public arena and in to
somewhere more private.  at least in the irc room you know who's listening
(and maybe logging).

> I would appreciate if you would turn back on the ability
> to have thepfy bot vanish from the room when requested.
> i.e. with the "shut up" or the "die" command.

i personally don't care either way.  it's not like i can tell any human user
there to leave if i don't want them to listen to my conversation.

just weighing in with the another viewpoint,


jeff at members.evolt.org

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