Note-taking, quoting Wikipedia, is «the practice of recording information captured from another source. By taking notes, the writer records the essence of the information, freeing their mind from having to recall everything. Notes are commonly drawn from a transient source, such as an oral discussion at a meeting, or a lecture (notes of a meeting are usually called minutes), in which case the notes may be the only record of the event. Note taking is a form of self-discipline.»
In IRC context, note-taking may, in a broad sense, refer to two activities.
- Take notes during IRC meetings.
- Process everything said on an IRC channel as you read. If it is documented nowhere, take a note and put it in a useful place.
Why not public logging? It seems easy and information would be readily searchable online… There are a number of drawbacks, which may or may not be important to your project:
- Lack of translation techniques. When documented, there (usually) is an opportunity to document in multiple languages.
- Awkward feeling of being watched. People may be not as sincere or speak less in a publicly logged environment.
- An implication on users' privacy. Some contributors may feel a need in maintaining private environment in an IRC channel. Technically only people in the channel are able to read it in the first place and the protocol allows to limit the audience.
To assist in note-taking, a number of note-taking bots exist.