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From Geir Magnusson Jr <>
Subject Re: IRC Channel?
Date Mon, 14 Aug 2006 17:49:28 GMT

Eelco Hillenius wrote:
>>  The community learns about each other in a shared, non-exclusionary
>> method. Private Email/IM/IRC does NOT foster that.
> Public IRC, free for anyone to join, at a channel that is 'officially'
> published/ promoted however, does. 

No it doesn't.    It's exclusionary in that email allows timezone
independent participation, and IMO, reading an IRC chat after the fact
is far different than being there.  It's like reading a musical score -
far different than being there.

> Like I stated earlier, I actually
> believe that since we started supporting the logged IRC channel -
> which usually has about half of the active committers and about 15 -
> 30 users online at any given time - that our list traffic got more
> focussed and thus more valuable for following/ accessing the archives.
> I'm not arguing email should not be the preferred method of
> communicating, just that IRC is a valuable additional communication
> channel which imho is very suitable to open development.

The problem is that decisions do get made there if your not careful...


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