[openstack-dev] [All] IRC Mishaps

Mark Voelker mvoelker at vmware.com
Thu Feb 9 15:41:33 UTC 2017

I work with lots of different clouds and any time I switch focus to a terminal I have to figure out which cloud it’s environment is set up to use.  My terminal emulator has the same color scheme as my IRC client, so I’ve probably typed “set | grep OS_” into IRC accidentally about a million times over the years. 

Another fun one is that several times over the years I’ve gotten pings on IRC because someone was trying to copy/paste a large section of text from an IRC meeting into an email (usually to continue a conversation that was started during a meeting after we ran out of time).  Several times someone has accidentally pasted the text right back into their IRC client instead of their email client, so everyone in the meeting got notified that they’d been mentioned again.

At Your Service,

Mark T. Voelker

> On Feb 9, 2017, at 10:25 AM, Jeremy Stanley <fungi at yuggoth.org> wrote:
> On 2017-02-09 10:10:28 +1100 (+1100), Michael Still wrote:
>> At a previous employer we had a policy that all passwords started
>> with "/" because of the sheer number of times someone typed the
>> root password into a public IRC channel.
> [...]
> I can't even keep count of the number of times I and others on the
> Infra team get requests to redact passwords or similar sensitive
> information from our published IRC logs. Across a community the size
> of ours it's a pretty frequent occurrence (and of course we have to
> remind them that there's not a lot of point since we can't scrub
> anything from everyone's personal channel buffers/logs anyway).
> -- 
> Jeremy Stanley
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