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.

Thanks!
Steve


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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