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= Merge Stories =
MENTOR: Emily (in person), and Shauna (remotely) (shauna or shauna_ on Freenode)
Temporary IRC channel for this event: #openhatch-mergestories
* [https://github.com/openhatch/oh-contribution-stories/issues/47 Remove relics from google forms]: Our submission form used to be a google form, and still has some unnecessary google-related CSS. Can you help us out by removing it?
* [https://github.com/openhatch/oh-contribution-stories/issues/37 Add a field to the submission form]: Story submittors should be able to link to their websites from their stories. Add an optional field to the submission form so they can do so.
* [https://github.com/openhatch/oh-contribution-stories/issues/43 Increase padding between stories on front page]: We've gotten some design feedback that our front page could use some adjusting to look more pleasant and readable. Should be a straightforward CSS fix.
* [https://github.com/openhatch/oh-contribution-stories/issues/33 Add a favicon]: Add a tiny icon to our url bar!
* [https://github.com/openhatch/oh-contribution-stories/issues/31 Add a 'read more' link to featured stories]
Description: WelcomeBot is an IRC bot designed to welcome people into the #openhatch IRC channel (although it can be easily adapted for use in other channels). It is written in python, and features the [http://docs.python.org/2/library/socket.html socket module].
Mentor: Noah (in person), and Shauna (remote)
* [https://github.com/shaunagm/WelcomeBot/issues/20 Test setup instruction] Can you try to get the bot running indefinitely and let us know if our instructions for how to do so need improvement? Great task for someone who wants to learn a new command line skill!
* [https://github.com/shaunagm/WelcomeBot/issues/47 Broken url when using webchat] When queried, WelcomeBot will tell you the url of the source repository. That url is bracketed by < and > because this helps the url work in most clients. However, this breaks the url in [http://webchat.freenode.net/ webchat]. Implement the proposed solution and test it in webchat!
Harder tasks that may still be fun:
* [https://github.com/shaunagm/oh-irc-bot/issues/10 Bot goes offline silently] - Every couple of weeks, the bot experiences a bug and turns off silently. Investigate tools like cronjob, monit, nagios, etc so that we can get a notification if it goes offline.
* [https://github.com/shaunagm/oh-irc-bot/issues/1 Add rules to catch unidentified nicks] - When users who have registered their nicknames join IRC without identifying, different IRC clients will change their nickname in different ways. The bot currently only accounts for one of those ways, which means people are greeted unnecessarily. We've got some code to do this, but it's buggy. It's "harder": we're trying to figure out the right structure of objects/classes in the program to do this elegantly and making it easy for the bot to use the "stripped" and "normal" versions of the nicks as appropriate.
* [https://github.com/shaunagm/WelcomeBot/pull/25 Help refactor this pull request so we can merge it] - Another contributor made a pull request that let WelcomeBot reply in private message when pinged in private message. Unfortunately, this was done right in the middle of a big refactoring of code. Can you help out by taking this person's code and making a new pull request out of it?
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