[IPython-dev] Results of last year's user survey

Matthew Turk matthewturk at gmail.com
Fri Mar 14 12:34:41 EDT 2014

On Fri, Mar 14, 2014 at 12:30 PM, Carl Smith <carl.input at gmail.com> wrote:
> +1 on Gitter. I've never personally used IRC. I've tried a couple of
> times just because it sounds cool, but the clients are all a bit
> gnarly and the actual experience once you get it working is pretty
> underwhelming. Obviously, it's something you have to get into, but
> /expecting/ users to 'jump on IRC' is going to cost you a lot on
> communication.
> If you're already invested in GitHub, Gitter extends it cleanly, and
> Gitter's easy to extend with user scripts if you want to tweak parts
> of it for a particular project's needs.
> Tip: Setting `.trpChatInputArea` to have roughly `height:450px` and
> `.trpChatInputBoxTextArea`'s font family to anything monospaced makes
> it easier to compose more complex chunks of Markdown.

So, it seems like the consensus is that IRC is not a good match, but
since I was one of the people who chimed in suggesting it, I wanted to
just point out that (after checking) most of the people I talk to
regularly use Adium to connect to it.  That doesn't solve the
backtrace issue, though; Adium would need a proxy for that.  Some
people on our channel use IRCCloud, but I'm not familiar with it.

Anyway, the main reason *we* use it is because people can connect from
basically any client -- web, etc etc -- and we have a pretty active
set of devs with good timezone distribution, so usually people get
answers to their questions right away.  And, it looks like Gitter
supports an IRC bridge now: http://blog.gitter.im/long-live-irc/ so


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