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posted by mattie_p on Thursday February 20 2014, @06:00AM   Printer-friendly
from the idk-about-you-but-irc-irks-me dept.

Landon writes:

"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?

See more in Landon's journal"

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  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Friday February 21 2014, @12:49AM

    by Anonymous Coward on Friday February 21 2014, @12:49AM (#3921)

    Disagree. I think the IRC will always be secondary, however providing a webchat interface without setup problems and username integration will mean it is very easy for someone who has never used IRC before to discover it. Also the ability for live interviews with important personalities on IRC via the webchat would add a useful dimension to the website's functionality.

    People who already use IRC will always be using it. Most other people don't and are in any case too time poor to spend too much time on it. The website is for news and discussion and it is a much more efficient forum for proper debate. I don't think IRC can or ever will replace it, otherwise the whole internet would be full of IRC and no news sites.

  • (Score: 2) by frojack on Friday February 21 2014, @01:30AM

    by frojack (1554) on Friday February 21 2014, @01:30AM (#3953) Journal

    Your "Time Poor" assessment of IRC is pretty spot on.

    Any employed person, or anyone with an actual life really can't be logged on and watching scrolling threads non-stop to avoid missing the debate. And the sheer banality found in logs makes reading those unpalatable as well.

    With a website like SoylentNews, you can attend as you have time. There is no real good way to do that on IRC or any "scrolling media".

    So it ends up being the tool of teenagers, flunking students, and the unemployed.
    (I kid of course, but only partially).

    I've had an IRC client running on my Linux box for months to attend a software project I participate in.

    I'd have to say on average, I can get a better response and better feedback by posing a question on a mailing list. I've been in a room with 250 people, posted a question and not a single response (or any other traffic) for an hour or more.

    People compose email, or even postings here on SN. They revise, the manage the tone, to either not sound like an ass, or intentionally sound like an ass, and most at least run with a spell checker on. On IRC, not so much, what ever bubbles up from the brain flows directly to the keyboard, asshatishness and douchebaggery and all.

    I just don't see the entire concept of a side channel as being all that useful, either web based, or via IRC.

    No, you are mistaken. I've always had this sig.
    • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Friday February 21 2014, @01:39AM

      by Anonymous Coward on Friday February 21 2014, @01:39AM (#3959)

      It is being useful for development teams that negotiate on the fly and are working simultaneously on a project such as code development and testing a live environment. It's also going to be useful for moderated live chat with, say, some kind of developer or someone that SN wants to present as an event. It is also a good place for people to chill and chat. So it's not a complete waste of time.