[Members] IM Observatory

Kevin Smith kevin.smith at isode.com
Thu Feb 9 20:59:31 UTC 2017

On 9 Feb 2017, at 20:27, Guus der Kinderen <guus.der.kinderen at gmail.com> wrote:
> What are the reasons for the XSF not providing for services like these?

My concern with these things is not so much that the XSF shouldn’t do them, but in terms of volunteers to work on them. It’s too easy for us to grab something excitedly, then for it to be silently abandoned for other people to pick up the pieces. I’ve always been keen that the iteam doesn’t end up fighting fires because stuff needs doing and it’s been abandoned. 

That said, the observatory *is* an interesting thing for the XSF to host, if people are willing to maintain the code.


> On 9 February 2017 at 21:12, Dave Cridland <dave at cridland.net> wrote:
> On 9 February 2017 at 17:13, Peter Saint-Andre <stpeter at stpeter.im> wrote:
> > Kev's message just now reminds me that it would be good to discuss the
> > future of the IM Observatory service at xmpp.net.
> >
> > Thijs Alkemade has put a lot of work into this and deserves our thanks.
> > However, he is just one very busy person, so to make it viable long-term I'm
> > wondering if the XSF might want to turn it into an open-source project
> > running on a dedicated machine (and ideally able to be mirrored and also run
> > locally). Granted, there would be quite a bit of project management
> > required, but it seems like a worthy initiative.
> I have, previously, suggested that the XSF can and should act as the
> natural home for services such as these, and been repeatedly shot
> down. My view hasn't changed, though - I'd be very happy with the XSF
> adopting the domain and services comprising the IM Observatory if it
> were offered, and I'd suggest Board simply forms a Work Team and hands
> it to them to run.
> As for the software, that's more or less entirely up to Thijs. I would
> recommend moving it to github, and I'd approach other similar projects
> to try to pool resources (I think Daniel Gultsch has some work in a
> similar space).
> Dave.

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