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diff --git a/doc/biboumi.1.rst b/doc/biboumi.1.rst
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@@ -383,14 +383,23 @@ History
Public channel messages are saved into archives, inside the database, unless
the `record_history` option is set to false by that user (see `Ad-hoc commands`).
Private messages (messages that are sent directly to a nickname, not a
-channel) are never stored in the database. When a channel is joined, biboumi
-sends the `max_history_length` messages found in the database as the MUC
+channel) are never stored in the database.
A channel history can be retrieved by using `Message archive management (MAM)
<https://xmpp.org/extensions/xep-0313.htm>`_ on the channel JID. The results
can be filtered by start and end dates.
+When a channel is joined, if the client doesn’t specify any limit, biboumi
+sends the `max_history_length` last messages found in the database as the
+MUC history. If a client wants to only use MAM for the archives (because
+it’s more convenient and powerful), it should request to receive no
+history by using an attribute maxchars='0' or maxstanzas='0' as defined in
+XEP 0045, and do a proper MAM request instead.
+Note: the maxchars attribute is ignored unless its value is exactly 0.
+Supporting it properly would be very hard and would introduce a lot of
+complexity for almost no benefit.
For a given channel, each user has her or his own archive. The content of
the archives are never shared, and thus a user can not use someone else’s
archive to get the messages that they didn’t receive when they were offline.