Would anyone be interested in a PLUG chat room?

AJ ONeal (Home) coolaj86 at gmail.com
Wed Mar 20 10:40:00 MDT 2019


I'm not big on online chat these days because to me it seems to be just
giphys and other noise.

However, I can't stand Slack. I hate that it's closed. Not just closed as
in closed beer, but closed as in closed speech. Everything is silo'd off
into a time-bomb bitbucket. None of the history is preserved. It's not
searchable. If ever something useful goes on, it just goes to the black
hole. I'm also not a fan of how a simple chat app requires more CPU and RAM
than most operating systems... but that's probably true of all of them
these days...

If it's easy to preserve searchable (i.e. Google-able) history with
Telegram I would be much more in favor of that. Though, admittedly, between
Slack and Discord, and Zoom, and all of the other communication tools that
I'm forced to use if I want to be part of communities, I can't say I'd be
super excited about installing yet one more.

It really bothers me that all of the popular communication tools are now
walled gardens (email having fallen out of favor). I don't know what to do
about it.

Nevertheless, my philosophical vote is to use a tool that

* first and foremost *preserves *and *makes accessible* (i.e. searchable)
useful content
* second aligns with the Linux philosophy to some degree (open, available,
CLI accessible)
* promotes high signal to noise (i.e. more questions and answers than
giphys and tweets)

If it's possible to meet goal 0 by using some sort of bot plugin with slack
that creates a web page out of the history (just like the IRC bots of old)
I'm not terribly opposed to using Slack, but I prefer the community ethos
of discord.

AJ ONeal


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