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From "Danny Angus" <danny.an...@gmail.com>
Subject Re: IRC Channel?
Date Mon, 14 Aug 2006 19:26:53 GMT
I'd like to add my support to those who, far more eloquently than I
could have done, have explained why IRC cannot be an inclusive or
truly public forum for discussion.

I have always taken the view that email is an essential characteristic
of the way the ASF works, and it is precisely because it is globally
accessable and asynchronous that real group decisions can be made and
real consensus reached.

I've always felt uneasy about cliques forming around some out of
channel communication, be it phone, pub, ICQ, IRC or, yes, even
hackathons. It is not just the decision making which should be public
and accessable but the debate that informs the decision making process
should be too.

In this respect I think that IRC is actually more harmful that the
benefit of relationship building which Henri ascribes to it. We are
not all capable of participating in other forms of communication and
group discussions. However by definition we are all capable of
participating in the lists.

Relationship building is a Good Thing (just ask my wife!) but it is
possible to build personal relationships with other contributors
without removing any aspects of the public debate.

d.


> > No it doesn't.

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