[Sugar-devel] Suggestion on moving from IRC to Gitter

Samson Goddy samsongoddy at gmail.com
Fri Jan 18 08:58:20 EST 2019

Hello Rahul,

 Have you looked at Zulip? They host open source organization completely
free and they are 100% open source and still have same platform as Slack,
with a lot of access to integrate bots and even GitHub notifications.

Easy to relate with. It has IOS, MAC OSX, Android, Windows and Linux
supported. Also on browser, however it is something that the community
needs to agree on.

Moving from IRC is a big step.



On Fri, Jan 18, 2019, 9:18 AM Rahul Bothra <rrbothra at gmail.com wrote:

> I am proposing a change in the communication medium from IRC to Gitter.
> I've made a Gitter Community at https://gitter.im/Sugar-Labs, for people
> to try it out. In case people don't like the change, we can shut it down
> and stick to IRC.
> Following are my reasons for the change;
> New users can't see the past conversations, which is useful at times
> Many active contributors don't run an all time online instance,
> and can't read unresolved doubts asked when they were offline
> If a new user doesn't get a response for some time, he tends to
> quit IRC (observation) and it's difficult to look him up and resolve
> his query. This *might *lead to contributors thinking that the org is i
> nactive
> Since we are diverse, we can use different channels for each;
> Sugar, Sugarizer, Music Blocks, Design, Website.
> This will make discussions more organised and easy to look up
> Implementing this on IRC could increase problems of inactivity
> even more.
> D. Joe gave a reason[1] against the switch that every other chat
> systems has their own advantages.
> I don't mind using any chat system which can curb these issues.
> I am now comfortable in using IRC because:
>  - I *somewhat* understood how it works, but it took time to figure out
>  - I now know at what time might a contributor come online,
>    but it took time to figure out
>  - I now know which contributor works on what, so I can ask via mail,
>    if IRC doesn't help, but it took time to figure out
> There are obvious workarounds for all these, but then it's better if new
> contributors devote 'time to figure out' code instead ;-)
> [1]:
> http://lists.sugarlabs.org/archive/sugar-devel/2018-February/055064.html
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