[BangPypers] Online communication channel

sankarshan foss.mailinglists at gmail.com
Sun Aug 16 05:24:26 CEST 2015

On Sun, Aug 16, 2015 at 8:34 AM, Noufal Ibrahim KV
<noufal at nibrahim.net.in> wrote:
> On Sat, Aug 15 2015, kracekumar ramaraju wrote:
> [...]
>> Biggest problem with IRC is to on board new comers. The learning curve is
>> steep for normal tech users.
>> It only makes life for already acquainted users easier not for new comers.
>> It hardly takes 5-15 minutes get new person to get used to slack whereas
>> that is not case with IRC.

An anecdote_of_one: a reason Slack or, Scrollback like services are
often preferred over IRC/email is because of the asynchronous nature
of request-response. For example, you seek some answer and unless you
are logged in, the responses will not be available at a later stage
(and here if you'd like to come in with IRC bouncers, logging and so
forth ...)

"Chat" or, "conversations" are being replaced with "messaging".
There's a small end-user-experience difference between the two.

> Also, countering some of the objections.
>    - The learning curve is not that steep if you're using a GUI
>      client. You get a list of servers. Connect to one and then a list of
>      chatrooms (channels). Join #bangpypers with a click and you're
>      on. Surely people who code and learn coding can pick up IRC. Once
>      you stick on for a while, all the idiosyncrasies like the /
>      commands become normal.[1]

"Surely people who "want to participate and contribute" ..." Let's not
limit these conversations to only those who want to code.

sankarshan mukhopadhyay

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