Hello all,

We would like to change the logging policy for the #galaxyproject IRC
channel <https://wiki.galaxyproject.org/GetInvolved#IRC_Channel>:


   *Starting later this fall, the #galaxyproject IRC channel
   <https://wiki.galaxyproject.org/GetInvolved#IRC_Channel> will be logged
   online in a format that can be searched.*

Currently, this channel is not logged anywhere. This change will only be
made if the community agrees that a searchable online log would be an
improvement. *If you have thoughts or comments on this proposal, then
please post them to this Biostar thread <http://bit.ly/gxybs8804>*. In two
weeks' time (around September 17, 2014), we'll summarize the discussion and
publish a decision.

*Proposal Details:*

Starting sometime after community discussion ends (and assuming that
discussion is favorable):

   1. At least two weeks before the change:
      1. Warnings will be added to the IRC channel information and on the
      wiki, that the log will be publicly archived as of the given start date.

      The policy change will be announced on Galaxy Biostar
      <https://wiki.galaxyproject.org/Support/Biostar> and the Galaxy-Dev
      and Galaxy-Announce mailing lists
      2. On the launch date
      1. The IRC channel (and the wiki) will be updated to clearly state
      that the IRC channel is publicly logged.
      2. Announcements of the change will be posted to Biostar and the
      mailing lists.
      3. IRC postings from the announcement onward will start showing up in
      the public log.

      The IRC channel log will be included in the Galaxy search engines

*Why now?*

The project's IRC channel came up at the GalaxyAdmins BoF meetup
<https://wiki.galaxyproject.org/Events/GCC2014/BoFs/GalaxyAdmins> at GCC2014
<https://wiki.galaxyproject.org/Events/GCC2014>, where it was lauded as
both a great resource, *and cursed because it is not archived anywhere.* An
action item from that meetup is to propose this change.

The Galaxy Team <https://wiki.galaxyproject.org/GalaxyTeam>

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