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6. Logging Bots > Keep Tabs on People

Keep Tabs on People

Keep track of when visitors to a channel last spoke and what they said.

People aren’t always online and, even if they are, they aren’t necessarily sitting in front of their computers. Getting a hold of your friends on IRC is difficult if you don’t know if they are present and paying attention. Many people leave their IRC clients online all the time and do not set their Away status when they are absent, either on purpose or because they forget. In these cases, a good indicator of whether a user is likely to be present or not is to know when she was last active and what she last said.

If a user has recently said something, there is a good chance that he is still around, possibly reading your messages. If a user hasn’t spoken for several hours, it is likely that he has popped out to the shops, gone to bed, or otherwise wandered away. Sometimes the last message written by the user confirms the suspicion.


  

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