"The (evil?) IRC overlord and crew are wondering what you think about our new IRC network. What can we do better? What do you want to see happen with our new network? Heck, should we even have a new network?
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One thing I find really annoying about the whole switch to the other IRC "network" [...]
We got a little excited about this admittedly, I honestly did not expect any resistance to the change. The motivation for this post was you bringing up this topic in IRC however, so we are improving!
First of all, stop forwarding between the old and the new channels. [...]
I know this sucks and it's annoying, but it would fragment the community. Ideally, the Freenode channel empties out and we can find anyone who stumbles in there by mistake and quickly redirect them with use of the relay. I had the same problem of being in both networks and both channels for a while, excitedly hopping back and forth between these false hilights, but the solution is to really just be on one network or the other.
Furthermore, do we really need two bots telling us all the headlines? One should be enough.
Heh, I suppose not! I enjoy seeing BotBot race Bender to the headlines, but it would be easy enough to standardize on one bot.
It might be an idea to make a main channel for general chatting and a channel for each "section" of SoylentNews [...]
I'd like to see this done, right now we only have access to the main RSS feed and it'd require a plugin rewrite for Bender Maybe BotBot is better set up for that. As it is now, if we had separate RSS feeds for each topic, I could flip the switch so users can subscribe to arbitrary RSS feeds Bender is subscribed to.
[...] Having channels for the various groups in SoylentNews, could have been done on FreeNode too, e.g. #SoylentNews-dev, so that's not a good reason for switching either. [...]
In my opinion, adding 12 characters to every channel we want is worse than having our own network (even if it was down to one character, that's needless repetition).
I fear that having to take care of an IRC "network" too, might take too much time for too little benefit. Time that could have been used much more efficient on the web server and the code for the site.
At least for me, this is what I can contribute to the project with my time (xlefay may be a little more ambitious). I promise you, I wouldn't have had a snappy rewrite of /. in the works yet if I wasn't working on IRC :)