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You know why all the old software people liked IRC?

Because when you wanted to ask a question in some channel you'd never been to before, you didn't have to spend 10 minutes going through forms to set up account usernames & passwords and unsubscribing from newsletters and alerts like you have to today with the damn web forum software you think is so great.

I guess I should have specified: I have zero interest in reading anyone's soap-box defense of crap web-forums software or complaints about IRC, so please save electrons and don't bother.

@n8 @jpmens still they could refer to some FAQ in the channel topic they wanted you to go through before accepting your question.

Everything has pros&cons.

Auto subscribing you to newsletters and spamming you is not a law but an administrative decision someone has taken...

@n8 on the flip side, the reason some people didn't/don't like IRC is that they had no idea what was going on. Comes down to individual perception of the UX. I never used IRC because I find it confusing and mildly terrifying to use.

@n8 "liked"? IRC is still my primary direct support channel today (after web searches fail me).

...yes, I'm old.

@n8 IRC is another tool in my toolbox, I mean, I don't want to download an electron client for each new chat software someone comes up with to ask a simple question. However, my search fu is generally strong enough to handle most issues I encounter without asking. Otherwise, I help others where I can in IRC.

Some people consider me a "millennial" which is a marketing term to classify young people and treat them differently than others... Gah.

@n8 really though, I don't think its an age thing... My workplace got slack because "its hip and you can integrate all the things". All the same things can be done in IRC, minus the code brackets, snippets, animated gifs, memes, link previews, etc.

All those are nice features, but I don't really find that they help me work more efficiently. I need less noise, digital or otherwise, when I am going to get things done. I think IRC suits that "get it done" spirit better than Slack.

@charims and even link previews and animated gifs could be (and in some cases is) done with IRC, as they're mostly just client-side features.
@n8

@n8 meanwhile on irc.sdf.org #helpdesk:

GuestN00b1: How do I do this?
SDFop: check the bboard

@n8 I'm more of a present than preterit person, myself. But yeah, it feels less crowded than it was 20 years ago 😉

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