Re: [DISCUSS] Developer chat (+FoundationDB chat)

Misha Brukman <mbru...@...>

FWIW, when we originally started JanusGraph, Henry Saputra (cc'd) lead an extensive evaluation of various chat options and we settled on Gitter, primarily because:
  • unlike Slack, Gitter doesn't require running a bot to have people join a workspace: by default, Slack is closed to sign-ups; you can whitelist some domains, but you can't make it "public" so you end up having to run a bot like SlackinSlackEngine or similar (with appropriate credentials) just so that folks can join the chat
  • you have to create another account just for Slack — with Gitter, you can just trivially sign-in via OAuth, using your existing GitHub or Twitter account
  • on the free plan, Slack limits how much history you can see, which decreases visibility for folks who are not signed in 24/7; Gitter provides full free access to the entire history
There may have been other issues which I'm forgetting; Henry, please add what I missed.

Overall, I would recommend that we not splinter the chat rooms across more than 1 service: since we're already using Gitter for chat, can't we just add another room there for FoundationDB or any other topic? It also has good support for Markdown and code formatting; I'm not sure what exactly we're missing from Slack with Gitter.


On Tue, Apr 7, 2020 at 3:52 AM Debasish Kanhar <d.k...@...> wrote:
Sounds good Jan.

Let's go with the option where we have maximum developers/committers involved/or use it. So that the query posters / users can reach the maximum of our community :-)

On Tuesday, 7 April 2020 12:03:33 UTC+5:30, Jan Jansen wrote:

We have three different chat options. If no one wants to add something, i will open up a vote to decide which platform we want to use. (This will happen tomorrow.)

Here the options again:
  • Gitter
  • Slack
  • Discord

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