[linux-elitists] Matrix seems pretty nice
nick at teh.entar.net
Thu Feb 12 10:09:14 PST 2015
> begin Teh Entar-Nick quotation of Thu, Feb 12, 2015 at 12:22:45PM +0000:
> > I pointed them in the direction of redecentralize.org and they said
> > that seems like a good match. So look forward to an interview with
> > them there some time this year.
> IRC was ahead of its time in a lot of ways but it does look like it's
> time for a next-generation system.
Don't forget that IRC is a product of the 1980s. A lot of the people I
see giving up on IRC are actually younger than the system itself.
> My problem is that many of the people I want to coverse with have done
> the sensible thing and left the -0800 time zone. And I keep fairly
> weird hours anyway. So mailing lists or Usenet are probably nore
> practical for me.
Well Matrix is all about syncing logs around, so you can structure your
clients to use part of the namespace for more long-form conversation.
Imagine a linux-elitists forum where your moderation policy is "no
proprietary clients, and at least 500 words". It could be akin to the
old #xkcd-signal channel, where the only rule (automatically enforced
through bans with exponential back-off times) was that nobody could
repeat a line that had already been said in-channel.
> (But don't listen to me. I'm not the person the next-generation
> communication system should be built for -- it has to be for the
> person with the interest and some of the skills to be a
> helper/troubleshooter/contributor on whatever the next platform is.)
Yeah, the trouble is that I'm not either. So I'll probably chase
something endearingly retro and familiar again, and miss the really
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