So after today’s discussion of the fact that IRC is currently acting as a barrier keeping women and new developers out of support communities I went looking into open alternatives to slack and IRCcloud which are both awesome but closed webchat solutions.

What I have found though are http://convos.by/ which looks lovely, and http://ircanywhere.com/ which has a lot of promise for extensibility, etc. I’m interested to have a play with them because it would be nice to see IRC working in a friendly way.

It would also be nice to see XMPP not suck and get widespread usage but I think it’s lack of voice/video support hammers it for the moment.

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