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I realize that a certain sort of person

2021-02-17 20:30:06.856207+00 by Dan Lyke 4 comments

I realize that a certain sort of person likes "the shiny", but why did we end up with Slack, the buggy abomination of UI fail, over IRC? How did we let that happen? (Probably the same people who think Clubhouse is a good idea...)

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#Comment Re: I realize that a certain sort of person made: 2021-02-22 09:11:12.468253+00 by: spc476

It's hard to send cat pictures via IRC.

#Comment Re: I realize that a certain sort of person made: 2021-02-22 11:28:05.956291+00 by: TheSHAD0W

If you think that's bad, try Discord.

#Comment Re: I realize that a certain sort of person made: 2021-02-22 18:16:41.216722+00 by: brennen [edit history]

I've now fled two jobs in a row where it was mandatory, only to see Slack fusing itself with the structure of a third, like some kind of creeping parasitic growth.

I've been on IRC almost continuously since 1996, I use it constantly at work, I still like it, and I've spent a lot of time thinking about chat systems. I don't think I really have a unified theory of this, but I guess I now suspect that the success of something I'd hate in the ways that I hate Slack was overdetermined:

Anyway, it plausibly could have been different, but here we are, and everything sucks.

#Comment Re: I realize that a certain sort of person made: 2021-02-23 18:29:35.284122+00 by: Dan Lyke

Shadow, I am totally with you on Discord. I used it to try to chat with a millenial recently, and I have never felt so old.

The point about cat pictures is a good one. I think a lot of what it gives is cat pictures and emoticons.

And I realized that I've gotten out of the habit of hanging out on Brennen's IRC server, so I reconnected there...

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