Here you go. http://webchat.freenode.net room #hntesting
Files end up on Dropbox here: https://www.dropbox.com/s/ukffgmwntypfg4m/ircchatlog.txt?dl=...
Searching wouldn't be too difficult. That's just loading the data up in a Hadoop and then regurgitating it. The only 'doop cluster I have now is a semi-production one. Working on getting a 150 node set up at the hackerspace.
Edit: Added time date stamps, and indication/handling for private messages to the bot.
Privs now allow me to extend the functionality of the bot to do all sorts of things, like upload to MongoDB, email all logs, kick users, save to BOX, or manipulate the neopixel strip in my room.
No matter how much you push and say that everything Slack offers is doable in IRC, doesn't change the fact that you still have to go through the troubles of setting that stuff up.
While I agree that setting up a bot isn't hard, I've done it for the IRC channel I created and still sit in daily, but fact of the matter is Slack is a matter of signing up and enabling a couple of features.
My job for my company is to build our product, not an internal chat tool. That's what Slack is for.
Where is a Slack that can do "sensitivity calculation" to alert users of possibly hostile tone? That's right. Not created yet. Give me a half hour and I could have the beginning of that. I also could get translation facilities built in so that English/French/German/Spanish could be seamlessly translatable.
The sky's the limit. And your negativity diminishes your ideas.
If that's your thing, that's your thing and go do it. But it's not a lot of peoples, and that's why Slack is so popular.
But that's not what I'm doing.
Company A does really good semantic analysis.
Company B does chat, say Slack.
Company C file storage.
Company D does search.
Now, I'm spinning up or using a current server. In this case, lets do IRC to Company Chat, B (bidi bridge). I connect to Company B with my user, and a user on IRC. Logging is turned on and saved, to Company C.
Whenever messages are sent, they are run through API from company A, checking semantics and feel. Score applied personally to help devs be more humane.
While all this is happening, search D is going through files presented and making a searchable DB of date/time, channel, user, and text.
And, I just created a new product.
That's exactly the point. Is this what your day job is paying you to do?
Someone set up Slack for the company. The same person could have set up an internal IRC server.
I'm also one of the leads for IoT rollout. In essence, I look at many sectors and areas at the same time, and determine how it can be used in our org.
I was looking at message passing using IRC as a form of command and control. The hackers have used it successfully for controlling a force of DDoS clients; why not a server farm? I know that Ansible, chef, and others exist. But IRC is human readable, meaning status messages can be passively read.
Pretty much, I have a dream job. I can get funding for pretty much anything I want, have access to petabyte FS, access to 3 supers(HPC, not clusters), multiple clusters, and more. And then I'm asked, "what can you make with that?"
You learn quick in those situations.
It's a fools errand to extend a private platform like Slack. They're already adding IRC features to their system, along with running a modified IRC bouncer.
Why play catch-up or copy-target when I can just use IRC directly?
Hell, I could do what they're doing for $1/user/month just by hooking a RADIUS server up to my nickserv. Easy peasy.