IRC has problems that may one day be improved, but have not for a long time. One thing that sticks out to me is multi-line messages. If you’re new to IRC, you probably don’t know about pastebins … paste in a bit of config and you’re met with either users saying use a pastebin – or a bot that k-lines you for spam.
I really like IRC. I love it, really. It started my career and I’ve made life-long friends there. I am sad to see this day.
A few minutes ago, @qyliss said:
the decision should be analyzed, and the choice of move should be justified, and we should be open to a different long term outcome if that’s what the community once
and I agree with that. This morning, the signal we received from many Freenode staffers changed suddenly when I was paged at 4:30am from “all is calm and okay” to “crisis is now”. That is what spurned this albeit sudden move.
I think Matrix has a lot to offer, and I think it matches the expectations of more users today than IRC. And, I agree with what Alyssa said.