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our quiet IRC channel

Adam H.
user 9995744
Rochester, NY
Post #: 15
Hi all.

We had a nice chat on the #rocpy IRC channel yesterday, but the channel is usually very quiet. This is a problem, because people are less likely to start a discussion if no one is likely to respond.

One solution is to 'ping' everyone on our channel every time you want to talk. I don't mind being ping-ed, but I'm too shy to ping everyone just to find one person to chat with.

I'd really like the #rocpy channel to be a place where people can talk, so I made a 'bot that might help a bit. It's the Schongo 'bot that rossdylan and others wrote in python with a "pingme" module that I added. I'm going to set it up in #rocpy soon, and here is the repo, if you want to see it. https://github.com/adamhayes/Schongo­

RockyBot will only ping people who tell it that they want to get automatic pings.

Here are the commands: https://github.com/adamhayes/Schongo#pingme­ It's set up to let people know of activity after 30 minutes or more of silence. Maybe that's too long?

Please give it a try when I get it online and let me know what you think.

Edit: Anyone have a handy server to put RockyBot on? I don't want to pay for a cloud just for this.

--adam
Richard S.
user 48339402
Rochester, NY
Post #: 4
Unfortunately, I'm limited in what I can host here at work without drawing attention. I do my IRC bots and bouncing from home now. Though, the skypipe project uses https://www.dotcloud....­ for their VM instances. They should be capable of hosting something light like an IRC bot.

I think your idea's pretty neat!
Adam H.
user 9995744
Rochester, NY
Post #: 17
Thanks, Rich. I think ptomblin set up to host it while you and I were discussing it. If so, I'll move it to him from my Raspberry Pi.

I made a few improvements. It will now only notify you actual messages from users, *not* bot commands, private messages to the bot, or actions like people coming on the channel. It remembers people even if it is restarted.

Just type @pingmehelp for info or @rememberme to get a notice of chat after at least 30 minutes of silence.
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