We should have a chat server, for all the reasons given in the “Choosing communications forums” discussion over at GitHub. At the Summit, there seemed to be consensus that it should be a FOSS tool. I also think having it hosted in the
hypha.app domain would be good (to match the we.hypha.app Discourse instance). So how about:
If someone could point that hostname to
18.104.22.168, then I’ll finish configuration of the Zulip server :-).
(It would help to have the DNS in place because it’s hard to get certbot to complete the LetsEncrypt setup based on just
/etc/hosts entries, ahem.)
- It can bridge with Matrix, for those who are comfortable using Matrix clients, but it also supports plain-old username/password accounts (whereas Gitter.im requires 3rd-party authentication from Google, GitHub, or Twitter, if you’re not coming in via Matrix).
- The UI pretty easy for non-technical people to use too. (One Zulip instance I hang out in has lots of non-tech people active, and they are pretty comfortable in it.)
- I’ve seen it adopted by other communities that have a combination of developers and users all taking part in chats, and it seems to work quite well – but it also works well for development-focused discussions.
- It supports Markdown formatting in messages.
- It has a plugin ecosystem.
- It has an active upstream.
If we have consensus on Zulip, then I’ll proceed (once that DNS is set up). If we don’t have consensus, let’s discuss here. Whatever we decide on, IMHO
chat.hypha.app is the place it should live.