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Re: irc.debian.org

> On Mon, May 01, 2006 at 01:24:15AM +0200, Marco d'Itri wrote:
> > If you want to receive their privated messages then *you* can
> > disable NOIDPRIVMSG and they will not even know about it.

[Wouter Verhelst]
> Only if they're lucky enough to try to ask someone who has
> NOIDPRIVMSG disabled.

What I can't figure out is why this is such a big deal.  I mean, we're
not talking about a social IRC network, we're talking about the network
to use for discussions related to Debian.

One might think private messages are useful in user support, but
#debian actually has a channel policy asking users not to send them
without permission.  As a result, I don't get many private messages
from #debian users.

And as for Debian development, I receive even fewer private messages
related to that.  Do the rest of you?  What aspects of Debian
development warrant private conversations?  I would think most things
would be appropriate to discuss either in public or in small, focused

I dunno, it just surprises me that people other than really heavy IRC
users would even notice the effect of this freenode default.  Not that
it's exactly a _secret_ - I mean, the information is one click away
from http://freenode.net/ (the link mysteriously titled "using the

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