ALbino - 6:19 am on Nov 16, 2003 (gmt 0) AL.
Why this discussion is even taking place is mind boggling. There is no practical use for logging IRC traffic. The majority of it is "u r hot... do j00 wanna cyber w/ me?!?!". Anything interesting worth logging is either incredibly technical and intricate or illegal. Even if they did log it and make it searchable you would have to sort through literally tons of unuseful information to find the stuff you wanted. Within every worthwhile conversation is 20 "u r hot" conversations. With that said, if they did want to log it, all they would have to do is be hubbed and all IRC traffic would go through them. The irony is that the networks with the technical and interesting users you would actually want to log would never allow Google to do that. So really this whole thread after the first few points is moot :)