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

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,

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

On Mon, May 9, 2016 at 2:07 PM, Jason Etheridge <>

> >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"? :)
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