The Slack-IRC gateway is a trick to lock-in customers

Well, here is another reason to resist using Slack: […]when you use /me on the IRC gateway while in private chat with someone, Slack just drops the message on the floor and doesn’t deliver it! The company brags about their IRC gateway to lure in more groups and teams, but Slack and IRC are two…

Balancing IRC and email, the secret of success for open collaboration

Are seasoned contributors to OpenStack giving too much importance to IRC, and is that creating bad side effects in other areas of the community? Since I started contributing more to working groups outside of the OpenStack upstream contributor community, I noticed that email is used in a limited way, with a couple of lists having…