I use IRC from time to time on other channels, averaging about once a
week. I peer into the WLUG channel from time to time. I will make
"noise" in the future when there.
On 1/10/20 4:07 PM, Anderson, Charles R via WLUG wrote:
> We also have an IRC channel:
> Internet Relay Chat
> Join the realtime chat on our IRC channel.
> Connect your IRC client to irc.freenode.net
> Join the #wlug-ma channel or join directly from this link:
> See more information about Freenode and join the chat from your web browser
> but maybe IRC is too old school--no one chats on it anymore.
> On Fri, Jan 10, 2020 at 04:03:14PM -0500, Joshua Stone via WLUG wrote:
>> Hey all,
>> Last night's meeting was excellent, and I'd like say thanks again to
>> Tim for giving me a ride home!
>> Last night's discussion gave me ideas of ways we could improve general
>> activity, increase attendence, and improve outreach efforts. Hosting a
group would be certainly improve discoverability, and
>> getting in touch with WPI's computer science group would be great too.
>> I think what a lot communities are doing nowadays is having a text chat
>> format for users who want to communicate more easily over the internet,
>> especially with mobile devices. As an example, there are Discord
>> servers for Fedora, Ubuntu, OpenSUSE, etc, and they have room sizes
>> generally in the hundreds or even well over a thousand. Even before
>> Discord they'd use IRC for providing support, posting updates, etc.
>> Having a text chat of our own would certainly help improve
>> participation -- I think Matrix would be a good option here because it
>> has many nice features and has a fairly polished user experience:
>> - Numerous clients available on desktop, mobile, and web (
>> - Persistent chat history
>> - Link previews
>> - Various bots to choose from for adding functionality (
>> - User moderation
>> - Server federation
>> - Self-hosting available, both client and server are completely FOSS
>> - File sharing
>> - Voice/video calls
>> I have a screenshot if anyone wants to see what a Matrix chat room
>> would look like:
>> Or you can join the room I made:
>> Alteratively, if you have a Matrix client already:
>> Any thoughts?
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