Would anyone be interested in a PLUG chat room?

Michael Holley mailinglists at michaelholley.us
Wed Mar 20 11:52:26 MDT 2019


I have a Keybase account, but I've never tried using the chatting feature. Do you have any experience with that? Also is it easy to get into now a days? A few years back you had to get an invite to participate.



On March 20, 2019 at 11:30:30 AM, Josh Mudge (mathwhiz1212 at gmail.com) wrote:

What about Keybase? 

On Wed, Mar 20, 2019, 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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