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Re: Gitter Service ends Feb 6th

From: Henry Story <henry.story@bblfish.net>
Date: Tue, 17 Jan 2023 12:51:11 +0100
Cc: public-solid <public-solid@w3.org>
Message-Id: <9A58A9B9-92C5-4F6A-9C25-A751C4F03735@bblfish.net>
To: Melvin Carvalho <melvincarvalho@gmail.com>

If other platforms are to be looked at, and while waiting for a Solid based one,
I suggest looking at Zulip. It has a lot of interesting features, such as
allowing admins to move discussions to new channels, and people to create their 
own topics, so that discussion spaces can be created. Channels can be public or 
private, and public ones can be shared by URL.

Here for example is a Web Cats stream o the categorytheory zulip channel where I 
was discussing Solid for example


The IETF has moved to using Zulip, though I don’t think they are making very good
use of it. They are using it as a way to log conversations had in some virtual world
space. But it would be much better if people used it to communicate directly.


> On 17. Jan 2023, at 11:34, Melvin Carvalho <melvincarvalho@gmail.com> wrote:
> The Gitter service is ending on 6th Feb
> https://blog.gitter.im/2023/01/16/gitter-is-going-fully-native-matrix-in-feb-2023/
> We initiated this platform to facilitate real-time discussions regarding assorted solid repositories as well as a general chat room.
> I found the solution to be satisfactory, however, I was somewhat disappointed when they implemented Google Analytics into the code base, as this is seen in many parts of the community as an invasion of privacy
> This leaves the community with two issues:
> 1. What about the history
> I wonder if the various history links will sill work, and for how long
> I thought someone wrote a gitter/solid bridge, perhaps it would be good to keep an archive of the history of the project, if that's not stored auatomatically
> 2. New chat area
> Gitter is encouraging a transition to the Matrix/Element service. Although the speed, functionality, and commercialization of that service has not been entirely satisfactory, it may represent the most straightforward way of creating a unified and organized chat platform across the community.
> It may be worth exploring the possibility of using Solid for chat, though I am unsure if the UX is prepared to work with a large group. As a starting point, I suggest we run a Solid chat room in parallel to whatever comes next, though it would likely initially be with a limited number of participants.
> Perhaps we could start a single room, say, on Mattias' solidweb which is a running grass roots solid server.  We would need to circulate an agreed upon URL for this to work.
> It could be beneficial to consider using Solid for chat, though based on the current low volume of chat on gitter it may not be a major concern.
> Thoughts?

Henry Story

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