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Re: Proposal: Switching from Gitter to something else

From: Yuriy Dybskiy <yuriy@dybskiy.com>
Date: Sun, 3 Feb 2019 18:36:45 -0800
Message-ID: <CALqF4L6V8o0zZqyhpsHdyqA3DWS7kKYVNoyp1wUjagS_EazSqQ@mail.gmail.com>
To: AKASH KHOSLA <akhosla@berkeley.edu>
Cc: hyperledger-quilt@lists.hyperledger.org, ledger@ietf.org, public-interledger@w3.org
Akash, really great proposal!
I've been using Discord more and more lately so I'm definitely +1 on that
one.
Rocket.chat is built with Meteor and I used to be a huge fan of it so
I'm +1 on that option as well :)

Discord might be the easiest to setup and more polished so slight
preference there, but long term maybe Rocket.chat is a better option.
Curious what others think.

On Sat, Feb 2, 2019 at 7:02 PM AKASH KHOSLA <akhosla@berkeley.edu> wrote:

> Hi all,
>
> I was wondering if there would be any interest in moving from Gitter to
> another platform. The main reason I bring this up is because Gitter could
> be out of the way for a lot of us and the application doesn't encourage
> dedicated usage. Email lists are a bit old school and signing up for the
> Interledger one is out of the way. I think the reason for such a cryptic
> interface for the w3c style/linux foundation emails list is sybil
> resistance and anti-spam since there are liberal write permissions to the
> lists. I think scaling the community requires something better than email
> and Gitter. Would be great to hear thoughts on this.
>
> Couple problems with Gitter:
>
>    1. Clunky interface
>    2. Poor separation of conversations/rooms
>    3. Bad search function
>    4. Bad mobile app
>
>
> Some alternatives I think users enjoy using, and are well known in dev
> communities:
>
> *Rocket.chat <https://rocket.chat/>*
> Pros:
>
>    1. Open source chat (basically a friendly IRC replacement)
>    2. Self hosting is free, cloud options available, easy to deploy with
>    scripts
>    3. Slack-like interface
>    4. Good search functionality
>    5. Threads
>    <https://github.com/RocketChat/Rocket.Chat/pull/11803#issuecomment-455963816>
>    are being implemented
>    6. Usable mobile applications
>    7. Actively maintained + marketplace integrations
>    8. Can deploy at chat.interledger.org (would be happy to help).
>    9. Easy sign in with GitHub, just like gitter.
>
> Cons:
>
>    1. Not as well known as discord, slack or gitter from what I can tell,
>    but I expect it to continue to grow in usage down the line and gain even
>    more support than it already has.
>
>
> *Discord*
> Pros:
>
>    1. Commonly used
>    2. Free to use unlike sack
>    3. Fast and friendly
>    4. Solid mobile apps
>    5. Actively maintained
>    6. No self hosting or maintenance
>    7. Supports integrations
>
> Cons:
>
>    1. May not be free forever
>    2. Chat logs are owned by Discord
>    3. More complex interface than Slack/Rocket (some colleagues and I
>    describe it as heavier
>
>
> This list may not be complete in terms of pros and cons so please chime in
> if you have a personal preference or have something to say about these
> platforms or others. I've spent some time with both alternatives, you can
> generally find demos on their corresponding websites to see what you like
> best.
>
> *Akash Khosla*
> Fourth Year EECS
> akhosla@berkeley.edu
>


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