Scott, Thanks for the question.
One thing I want to bring up for clarity's sake is that IRC is used for two separate things in our community, just like in other open source project communities. First of all it is used as an always-on communication channel, but as well as a platform to hold meetings. Since a good number of community members are already connecting and communicating on IRC, this makes it an easy choice to also have our meetings there. That way the community can read along when a meeting happens in real time, and no new software needs to be installed/used for access. For me one of the biggest advantages of IRC is the fact that it is alway on, automatically logged, and free. Unlike other solutions designed specifically for meetings which in almost all cases have some or all of the following limitations: not free, has participant limits, must have at least one active meeting admin, and creates very large files for meeting recordings. I have been part Evergreen related meetings that were held in some of the platforms that you mentioned. Though we made sure we took minutes to maintain openness, but to be honest once there are more than 5 participants it became hard to not interrupt each other. Also, we had to have at least a single person to fire up the meeting. Hope this helps, Yamil P.S. I will send out another email to pick from a couple of dates for the next practice time. -------------------------------- Yamil Suarez, MCS Library Systems Administrator/Developer Stan Getz Library Berklee College of Music 1140 Boylston St Boston, MA 02215 ysua...@berklee.edu 617-747-2617 On Mon, May 9, 2016 at 2:07 PM, Jason Etheridge <ja...@esilibrary.com> wrote: > >Why has the Evergreen community opted to use IRC chat as an on-line > meeting venue? > > Also, because the developers are there, and they're there for cultural > reasons in addition to the practical reasons. > > And who doesn't like IRC "bots"? :) > > -- > Jason Etheridge > | Community and Migration Manager > | Equinox Software - Open Your Library > | 1-877-OPEN-ILS (673-6457) > | ja...@esilibrary.com > | http://www.esilibrary.com >