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jaredly00:01:48

@gjnoonan: the react community switched to https://discordapp.com/

jaredly00:01:30

made for gamers, but works great for non-gaming things too

jaredly00:01:00

^ reading farther back in the #C03RZGPG1 logs, I see this was already discussed at length. sry

gjnoonan01:01:54

it's okay @jaredly all input is welcome

jaredly01:01:13

I’d definitely love for it to be OSS & self-hosted. slack not supporting markdown bugs me no end

gjnoonan01:01:08

slack does support markdown @jaredly

jaredly01:01:36

one * means italics in markdown. also [link](source), etc

gjnoonan01:01:53

okay not full markdown, but a subset

gjnoonan01:01:05

although can you do full markdown in posts and snippets?

jaredly01:01:21

“a way of doing formatting in plain text”, but not markdown. and yes it works in posts and snippets

gjnoonan01:01:09

I thought they'd changed it and it was markdown now hmm! I apologise

jaredly01:01:21

simple_smile np. I mostly just miss [link text](href)

cfleming03:01:58

And it drives me nuts that bold/italics are different to e.g. Github

kopasetik17:01:31

In terms of a good alternative to Slack, I think that gitter might work

agile_geek17:01:01

@kopasetik: the ldnclj community used gitter for a while but ditched it in favour of Slack

kopasetik17:01:59

@agile_geek: Fair enough

seancorfield17:01:23

@kopasetik: A number of folks here evaluated Gitter and decided it does not support enough of Slack’s features to make a switch workable.

seancorfield17:01:31

It has very poor discoverability and requires a GitHub account (which is a barrier to entry). Administration is poor as well.

kopasetik17:01:33

@seancorfield: Hmmm

kopasetik17:01:11

You make a lot of good points… it looks like a mess too

kopasetik17:01:25

I wouldn’t say that requiring a GitHub account is a significant disincentive for a programming language chat network (especially vs creating yet another account for Slack)…but I’m clearly assuming that most programmers have GitHub accounts…I guess that’s not the case?

meow17:01:50

And we couldn't easily paste in snippets or graphics or some other stuff. We ran through a bunch of variations and it just wan't up to par.

seancorfield17:01:00

It turns out that finding an alternative to Slack that provides all the things most people love about Slack is really hard simple_smile

meow17:01:05

@seancorfield: how do you like mattermost so far? Did you get the font size issue resolved?

wamaral17:01:22

@kopasetik: I believe the major drawback regarding Gitter is that it's related 1-1 with a git repository

seancorfield17:01:40

No, no solution to the font size issue — but that’s Electron’s problem, not Mattermost itself — but it makes the client really hard to use on Windows until your vision is like a hawk! simple_smile

seancorfield17:01:00

@wamaral: No, that simply isn’t the case. You can create rooms that are not attached to GitHub repos!

seancorfield17:01:21

The room I linked above — clojure/general — is not associated with a repo.

meow17:01:26

I sympathize - I have old worn out eyes so I need really good screen and bigger fonts.

meow17:01:36

tl;dr - anyone promoting gitter is going to have to work really hard to make a case because several of us looked and it isn't up to par, seriously

wamaral17:01:38

@seancorfield: oh, my bad then, I assumed otherwise simple_smile

meow17:01:53

So far mattermost looks the most promising. We've got it up and running and several of us are banging away at it. If anyone wants an invite feel free to ask and I will pm one to you. simple_smile