On Tuesday, 8 August 2017 17:52:00 CEST Jonathan Riddell wrote:
> Like all sensible open source communities we use IRC lots for real
> time communication essential to making low bandwidth decisions in a
> reasonable timeframe as well as socialising.
> 20 years ago IRC was cool but these days real-time communication in
> the non-geek world long since moved other places such as WhatsApp,
> Facebook Messenger which are infinately more user friendly than IRC.
> In the geek-world it has moved to Slack and Telegram. So KDE finds
> itself spread between three real time communication methods with IRC
> still the strongest but many new people reluctant to use it as scary
> and unfamiliar while Slack and Telegram smell of being proprietary and
> lacking some of the free-form nature of IRC.
> So my radical proposal for today is to consider moving all our
> real-time communications wholesale to Rocket.Chat. Like Slack it takes
> much of it's basic setup from IRC with #channels that anyone can set
> up. Unlike Slack it's all free software and we can run our own
> servers.  Like Telegram it works on phones fine. Unlike IRC it
> supports media files and friendly user names.

We have an alternative already working, which bridges IRC (freenode.net and 
OFTC): matrix.org.
I don't know how many times I should repeat this, but many people are already 
using successfully (I monitor few channels, for example).

So -1 for moving to Rocket.Chat.


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