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Subject: Re: Thoughs about communication
Local Time: January 13, 2017 5:47 AM
UTC Time: January 13, 2017 10:47 AM
From: a...@gnome.org
To: Alberto Fanjul Alonso <albertofan...@gmail.com>
desktop-devel-list@gnome.org <desktop-devel-list@gnome.org>

Alberto Fanjul Alonso <albertofan...@gmail.com> wrote:

Do anybody though about trying new services for communication?

- signal https://whispersystems.org/
- telegram https://telegram.org/
- matrix.org http://matrix.org/
- gitter https://gitter.im/
- Rocket.Chat https://rocket.chat/
- Mattermost https://about.mattermost.com/


pros/cons irc:

- can be accesed through command line
- is widespread
- integrated in gnome environment (bots, bugzilla)
- syntax highlight
- multimedia

IRC is lacking in almost all respects. Some of the main issues:

- no built-in logging, server-side assistance for search
- doesn't really track identity; nicks clash, people get renamed, etc

- inaccurate tracking of online/offline status
Yes you can get around some of these things, using a bouncer or IRCCloud, but 
that's not ideal. We've also done our best to improve the experience in our own 
IRC client, Polari, but there's only so far you can take it on the client side.

IRCv3 is aiming to improve the protocol/server situation but there's a long way 
to go.


It is worth noting that IRCv3 already solves the replaying of logs from the 
server the gnome network just needs to implement it.
It also allows for negotiating any custom features we would want to add and has 
drafts for things like registering accounts.

Also Polari will never support IRCv3 as long as it uses Telepathy for its 
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