See also: https://bugzilla.wikimedia.org/show_bug.cgi?id=16043 (this blocks it if anything)
Great change has taken place in #wikipedia with regards to opping practices.
It remains difficult to manage the channel during times of downtime, especially
with little or no support from sysadmins (if the channel gets particularly
hectic, while +m might not be warranted, it is impossible to read both the
channel and #wikimedia-tech).
A far better solution than Mike suggests is that the Wikimedia sysadmins go to
the effort of creating some easy, quick to update and accessible method of
telling users what is going on. Not many people use and are familiar with IRC
- and I'd expect that for 90% of people who see the "site are down" message,
their usual next step would be to (ironically!) visit wikipedia to see what IRC
means! It therefore serves very few users as a means of providing status
It would be relatively trivial for someone to create (yet another) IRC bot for
#wikimedia-tech which could write comments given to it to either a blog or
something like twitter (and thus an RSS feed). This would be accessible to
many many more users affected by Wikimedia downtime.
An IRC channel is no longer fit for purpose.