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From "Cliff Schmidt" <>
Subject Re: Extensible Ajax Platform (XAP) Project Update
Date Fri, 23 Jun 2006 22:03:55 GMT
On 6/23/06, Noel J. Bergman <> wrote:
> The use of e-mail as the primary means for communication is part of ASF
> policy and philosophy, and we can certainly learn lessons from projects that
> have gone against it.  IRC tends to breed a more closed, albeit arguably
> more integrated, community.
> That said, if IRC can be used as a learning tool to rapidly bring new people
> up to speed, and if the information gathered from those sessions is
> preserved for others to follow up via web-site and e-mail, how do people
> perceive that?

I've never done that on a project, but I think it could be a
reasonable thing for a project to try.  I believe the Synapse folks
have been doing regular IRC meetings from early on.  I'd be interested
in their perspective on the pros and cons, particularly as an
incubating project.

As a XAP mentor, I know that the committers already understand that no
decisions will be made over IRC, that logs of each IRC will be
immediately made available to the entire community, and that they need
to be sensitive to any concerns from people wishing but unable to
participate.  But, are there other thoughts from the Synapse folks or
anyone else who has used regular IRC meetings?


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