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From Glen Daniels <g...@thoughtcraft.com>
Subject Re: Real-time communication (was [VOTE] ALOIS to enter the incubator)
Date Fri, 17 Sep 2010 13:58:35 GMT
On 9/17/2010 9:41 AM, Urs Lerch wrote:
> To cut a long story short: ALOIS is _not_ about a chat channel, it's a
> tool for security incident and event management. Since the chat channell
> in the required resources list was only a wish, I gladly dropped it off
> the proposal.

Hi Urs,

While I certainly don't think a chat channel needs to be on the proposal (for
one thing, Apache projects tend to just use freenode's IRC network), I'd like
to strongly reiterate Bertrand's points.  Off-list conversation is going to
happen any time you have multiple devs working at the same company, living in
the same town, or attending the same ApacheCon.  Real-time chats are often
the source of very valuable insights, and having an online "hang-out" spot
for a project has in the past been hugely worthwhile to the projects I've
been involved with, both for devs and users.

As long as no serious decisions are made without consulting the list, and
someone posts summaries of all conversations that significantly affect the
project, real-time channels are fine.  The point is that someone looking back
at the project from five years down the road should be able to really see
what happened by looking at the archives -- not that real-time is a Bad Thing.

Thanks,
--Glen

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