Re: Matrix IRC bridge considered harmful

On Wed, Feb 12, 2020 at 10:43 PM Michael Catanzaro <mcatanzaro gnome org> wrote:
The problem there is simply that you can never log off once you join the IRC bridge

Ha! So that must be what Georges was talking about! I didn’t get that
it was about *IRC* servers.

(or, if such a way exists, it's so hard to discover that the GNOME
community is not using it).

There actually is a way. Once more it involves the GIMPNet IRC Bridge
status conversation. People can start a new conversation with by the way if they don’t have it anymore. The
bot has a !quit command and its help says:
`!quit : Leave all bridged channels, on all networks, and remove your
connections to all networks.`

So if you try the IRC bridge once just to
see what it's like, you're forever left  with a ghost user account that
people will send private messages to without realizing you can't read
them (or even public messages, if your real account is offline).

Removing inactive account is kind of a hard problem (would you be
happy to find out you lost your nick and history if for some reason
you came back a long while after your last use?) but I *think* actually has a policy to clean them up after several
months, which would reduce that issue.

Alexandre Franke
GNOME Hacker

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