LinuxCNC Discord? (for chat & support)
lukepighetti wrote: I would have agreed with you 5 years ago, but now it's 2019 and the old guard might consider bringing in young blood and upgrading the communications platform for the project.
In theory this might be an advantage, except that it wouldn't be a replacement, it would end up being yet another schismatic medium (probably)
xkcd.com/927/ comes to mind.
If we were starting from scratch, then IRC would be an odd choice. But the point is that we are where we are.
Personally I hate forums like this. :-/ It's a real chore to read all the messages every day, whereas with Ye Olde Usenet you could just keep pressing spacebar while the messages scrolled past, and be sure you had read everything. Mailing lists give you the same thing.
One problem with a forum is that folk can ask a question, get an answer and feel that it worked really well for them, but they never see the bigger picture.
Gitter works well as a "persistent" IRC analogue.
Otherwise as i mentioned, i did use it and it works nicely and a lot of people is using it (mostly for spamming), but i just do not see the value in having another account/app to carry.
That being said, most probably i will join in there.
rodw wrote: I'm with Andy. I like the forum and the time zone for me means that the IRC is buzzing at a very unfriendly hour...
Just looking back at yesterday and this morning there was only 4 hours of quiet on the IRC out of 24 hours...
Which contains some familiar names from the IRC;
Google also finds:
But that looks like the other EMC2, the guys with the evil lawyers.