Would anyone be interested in a PLUG chat room?

Steve Meyers steve at plug.org
Wed Mar 20 10:41:52 MDT 2019

There's still an IRC channel (listed in the footer here). I'm not sure how
many people are on there anymore, though.


On Wed, Mar 20, 2019 at 10:40 AM AJ ONeal (Home) <coolaj86 at gmail.com> wrote:

> 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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