The Hive Mind Chat Room
Some Wikipedians live in a swamp. It's called the IRC channel #wikipedia, and anyone can visit through freenode. This engine searches logs beginning January 2008 through May 2008. The reason we made this engine is because there are occasional bits of information that fly by in this chat channel that Wikipedia watchers find helpful.
But it's also a tremendous waste of time to sit there and monitor the channel. The solution is to get logs and make them searchable.
be amused by its presumption.
This engine searches hundreds of text files, each of which averages about 50 kilobytes. It can handle only one or two terms in the search box. If you violate this limitation and use three or more, it will treat it as a single term inside of double quotation marks. This will probably mean that you won't get any hits.
A term is a string of characters without a space. The space is used to separate the two terms. However, if you want a term that includes spaces, then force it to be defined as a single term by putting it inside of double quotation marks. Now you can add a second term if you wish. Each term must be three or more characters.
So far this is like Google, except for the limitation of two terms. Where it is unlike Google is that this engine will hit on strings inside of words. It does not index each file as a collection of words, but instead scans lines of text for matching characters. For example, each line leads with a date and time. Depending on how far into the date and time you specify, you can use your first term to limit the search to a particular month, or ten-day period, or specific day, or even a specific hour or minute.
Three lines of context are shown for every hit. A link to the text file is on top. To see more context, go to the text file and use your browser's "find" to locate some text from the hit. Now you have about 50K of context, or about two hours of chat logs.
browse the logs: Jan Feb Mar Apr May
This engine searches over 37,000 hostmasks from several popular IRC channels used by Wikipedians. These were collected from IRC logs in 2006-2008.
browse by IP address: 0-24 25-63 64-66 67-68 69-70 71-74 75-80
81-82 83-84 85-86 87-91 92-141 142-195 196-206 207-213 214-255