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"Shutting down" the IRC channels

Submitted by hollyhoppet admin in meta

The irc-discord bridging bot has just been too unreliable despite me updating it several times. Additionally, we don't really have any mod presence there. If you want to continue chatting and you use IRC, join us on our discord!

I apologize for the inconvenience this may cause anyone if it's a real problem I'll try to get things into shape again but like... it's a lot of work.

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emma wrote

that sucks. i was planning to join them a year or two from now.

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hollyhoppet wrote

i'm sorry. i just don't have the spoons to keep up with maintaining things. there was basically only one person who was using it anyway.

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emma wrote

i lied. irc sucks and im never using it again.

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hollyhoppet wrote

i'm gonna be real i still don't understand whether you're joking or being mean to me or both

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emma wrote

i was joking about joining years from now on, like if i had any interest in the irc bridge i would have already used it, but i guess that came across poorly. sorry.

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hollyhoppet wrote

it's fine. since the concussion i've had more trouble reading whether something is ironic or not especially when it's something i feel bad about already so i had no way of knowing

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flabberghaster wrote

Deprecate discord. Make everyone go back to IRC.

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hollyhoppet wrote

while i really don't like discord as a company i think it's important to remember that the perceived barrier to entry is way smaller than irc for non-technical people. i can't tell you how many times in the IRC's heyday people expressed not wanting to join because IRC seemed difficult to use for them.

i honestly feel like IRC and its successors (discord, slack, matrix to a degree) are major internet infrastructure, and there should be a more accessible version of it that isn't owned by a corporation but we don't really have that.

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Moonside wrote

Honestly I am quite technical an user and I really haven't stumbled upon an IRC client that I really like, approximately in the same way as I enjoy using a well-designed toaster. The one I used the longest was the one in Emacs! Discord is kinda pretty ok if you forget about the corporate side.

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twovests wrote

Tbh even IRC has a high barrier of entry for technical people who want message logs and basic privacy (i.e. ZNC).

I'm kind of shocked there isn't some free or very-cheap ZNC service out there, I'd much rather pay $5/mo to a service that does all the hard work than $5/mo to manage my own VPS.

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srsly wrote

good to know. w33dbot is still staying up, right?

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hollyhoppet wrote

suffice it to say w33dbot is a complicated subject probably not worth discussing here aside from it wasn't our bot