Kosta has posted some more thoughts
about integrating IRC into DrProject
. He's still working on mechanisms, but I'm looking ahead to the user interface. In particular, how should IRC logs be displayed? His first pass will be a "magic" wiki page that conversation entries are appended to (or possibly one separate "magic" page for each IRC conversation topic). That will work for short projects, but:
- What happens with something like DrProject itself, which could have tens of thousands of lines of conversation after a year has gone by? Even in undergrad course projects, there are likely to be thousands of lines in a term. Email is naturally segmented into chunks; what is the chunking (if any) for chat?
- What happens to the event log? We clearly don't want one entry in the log for each IRC chat message---what should we show instead?