[tor-project] meetbot PSA

Tom Ritter tom at ritter.vg
Tue Mar 12 11:23:25 UTC 2019

As an alternative to meetbot - in the future - maybe we could consider
logbot?  https://mozilla.logbot.info/

I have found it very helpful and feature full, with full text search online.

We could invite it only for meetings, and/or we could start publicly
logging public channels.


On Mon, Mar 11, 2019, 3:03 PM Antoine Beaupré <anarcat at torproject.org>

> Hello!
> I'm your new friendly sysadmin! I hope I'm doing good. I'm also not a
> bot and should be able to pass a turing test on a good day. ;)
> I've so far prioritized my work mostly towards sysadmin-specific stuff
> (like rebuilding parts of the broken monitoring system and generally get
> up to speed with everything), but I'm sensitive to priorities people
> from the Tor project express, obviously...
> One of those recurring issue I've heard (other than "OMG Trac is pain!"
> of course) is that "MeetBot is down!" The service is ran by the good
> folks at Debian, but has fallen somewhat in disarray in recent
> years. All the gory details are of course in Trac:
> https://trac.torproject.org/projects/tor/ticket/29680
> ... but the short story is that I've considered setting up a replacement
> when the service was completely offline. Since then, the Debian folks
> brought the machine back up (you can see logs at
> http://meetbot.debian.net/) but the bot is still struggling to return. I
> am hoping they bring it back up themselves and restore the service. If
> that doesn't happen, I might squat a VM somewhere to restore some sort
> of service myself within TPO.
> But considering the number of things I'm juggling with right now, I'd be
> very happy with not adding a new service to the list on my first (well,
> second) week on the job. So I hope people don't mind the little extra
> wait while the good folks at Debian figure out what they want to do with
> the service in the long term.
> As weasel says, we don't want to reimplement all the services on the
> internet ourselves, do we? :) So if that problem can be fixed itself,
> I'll be more than happy than watch it heal.
> If not, we'll figure something out.
> Note that I've made sure the ArchiveBot (from ArchiveTeam) takes a look
> at the site so we have a copy as well in the Internet Archive.
> See you around!
> A.
> PS: the best place to report problems like this is still Trac. File a
> ticket in the "Internal Services/Tor Sysadmin Team" and I'll definitely
> look at it.
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