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From "Gregor J. Rothfuss" <>
Subject Re: [RT] IRC vs. Skype
Date Fri, 10 Jun 2005 18:46:14 GMT
Ross Gardler wrote:

> I completely agree that no design discussion should be carried out on 
> anthing other than EMail.
> I agree that we should frown upon the use of any communication that is 
> not carried out via email, but do not agree that it is possible to 
> always follow that rule.
> When we meet at ApacheCon will we have to sit in silence and communicate 
> via IRC because some community memebers will not be present? (obvioulsy 
> you are not suggesting this, I'm merely trying to illustrate that 
> sometimes rules have to be broken)
> I will not vote against the creation of an IRC channel (as long as the 
> bot is in place), but I do not want anyone to think that a lack of a 
> vote against implies that I think it is a good idea, it only means that 
> it *may* be useful one day, just as Skype is useful sometimes too.

some experience from lenya: the irc channel is more a watering hole 
where people lurk and banter than have design decisions.

it has helped community members to know each other better. i do not 
think it poses a danger of fragmentation.

i actually would be happier if the cocoon and lenya channels would merge 
(the traffic is not very high ,and the cross-pollination would be good). 
same for forrest

as for skype, i have used it in one on one situations to get a fellow 
dev set up with eclipse, for instance. i do not think it is useful for 

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