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Creating Meeting Minutes with MeetBot

The Acumos project uses MeetBot to create and manage meeting minutes on IRC.

When hosting a meeting, please join #acumos-meeting on and take notes in the public IRC channel. Please recommend to other attendees that they join, to spread the load of note taking - it is very difficult to take notes and chair a meeting at the same time.

Meeting minutes and raw IRC logs are saved at the LF IRC log server under the IRC channel name (e.g. for acumos-meeting).

The full guide to MeetBot syntax is here.

Beginning and ending a meeting

  • #startmeeting  Documentation weekly meeting: At the start of a meeting, issue a #startmeeting command followed by meeting name

  • #chair bryan_att  The IRC handle of the person who starts the meeting is initially the only person who can set topics, agree on actions and end the meeting. Add other people to enable multiple people to manage the meeting.

  • #endmeeting  Ending the meeting frees MeetBot up for other meetings, and posts the links to the HTML and raw minutes in the IRC channel

Taking notes

  • #topic Review action items: Start by setting a topic. A new #topic automatically changes the topic and closes the previous item

  • #info dneary suggested using MeetBot for meeting minutes: #info is the most basic MeetBot command, recording a note

  • #link a #link command will include a link to an external resource in minutes

  • #agreed Acumos will be written in COBOL: Record agreements to document consensus

  • #action aimeeu to port the Linux kernel to COBOL before next week's meeting: Recording action items creates a summary section at the end of minutes

  • #startvote do you approve a 15 minute coffee break? (+1, 0, -1): command to start voting

  • #vote +1: approval vote (0 for abstain and 1 for non-approval)

  • #endvote command to end voting

  • #undo Mistakes happen, sometimes multiple people minute the same thing, or record a comment on the wrong topic. #undo removes the last addition to the minutes (#idea, #info, #action, #topic, etc.) from the stack

After the meeting

When your meeting is finished,  add a link to the HTML minutes summary to the project wiki page. Below is an example:

The Acumos Documentation met at 11 AM PDT on Thursday, 5 April 2018 . Here are the minutes:

 Minutes (text):

Previous minutes are collected on the [insert your previous minutes] wiki page.
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