On 18May2021 0306, Gregory P. Smith wrote:
+1 agreed. Discord wins out in terms of features and **being where people are already at** in terms of modern IRC with replacement with bonus audio and video features for use when desired. I rarely bother to hang out on freenode IRC anymore out of inertia and being yet another window to poll. discord having a mobile app gives a much better signal and a chance that I'll stop by. It is also already where things like circuitpython happen.
Agreed. I'd be far more likely to visit Discord than anywhere else these days. I've already visited the PyPA one more often than I've checked my GitHub notifications this week :)
Personally I'm fine with asking Python Discord if they'd let us have our own space as we did for the sprints. Secret channels are free, and I'm sure they'd love to have more core devs in there, even if we've mostly muted all the other channels.
None of that changes the fact that many of us won't remain online and responsive in yet another channel at most times. We're not "on call" for core dev. But we're probably not online and responsive at low latency in the existing channels either so this shouldn't come as a shock.
Also this. Emphasising that it's a social channel rather than a work channel, and there's no obligation at all to have notifications or email updates or reminders or anything from it, would I think go a long way to easing concerns of being on call.