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^ reading farther back in the #C03RZGPG1 logs, I see this was already discussed at length. sry
I’d definitely love for it to be OSS & self-hosted. slack not supporting markdown bugs me no end
“a way of doing formatting in plain text”, but not markdown. and yes it works in posts and snippets
@kopasetik: the ldnclj community used gitter for a while but ditched it in favour of Slack
@kopasetik: A number of folks here evaluated Gitter and decided it does not support enough of Slack’s features to make a switch workable.
But anyone is welcome to try Gitter here: https://gitter.im/clojure/general?utm_source=share-link&utm_medium=link&utm_campaign=share-link
It has very poor discoverability and requires a GitHub account (which is a barrier to entry). Administration is poor as well.
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?
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.
It turns out that finding an alternative to Slack that provides all the things most people love about Slack is really hard
@seancorfield: how do you like mattermost so far? Did you get the font size issue resolved?
@kopasetik: I believe the major drawback regarding Gitter is that it's related 1-1 with a git repository
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!
@wamaral: No, that simply isn’t the case. You can create rooms that are not attached to GitHub repos!
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