Last toot on the entire IRC v platform discussion I kicked off here:
If you believe IRC is problematic because it has issues with a messy nick registration process, you don't get persistent chat history and you can't post images/videos/media into a channel...
please uninstall xchat and maybe give a different client or self-hosted solution like thelounge a chance. You perception of IRC's experience is rather limited because of the client you chose, not because IRC sucks.
@fribbledom It's a protocol. If people want to get shitty about protocols, may I present POP3 and IMAP as ones far more needy of being blasted into the sun (and about twenty years ago, too.) Yes, it's totally about clients.
@fribbledom I've been using quassel for a long time. In fact, the first time I joined an IRC channel I was using quassel. It's a nice experience and, even I had to use irssi sometimes, I still like IRC.
@fribbledom IMO there's some unfortunate IRC behavior that's built into the protocol. For example, regardless of my client, I can't get history/scrollback for new rooms I join. It's possible for your client to join every room and hide unnecessary ones from you, but then each room's user list is inflated.
@fribbledom I'm all-for having open, usable communication software + protocols, but I'm not sure that we've reached the "best possible communication" with IRC.
@fribbledom as much as I rely on IRC, I still think it is not a great protocol because it excludes a lot of people who do not have access to their own server
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