@sir What alternatives could you suggest? IRC is text-only and primitive and Matrix is slow and I haven't yet seen a client with decent UX. I haven't used Zulip or Mattermost yet, I've only heard of them.
@phoe IRC is king, text-only is a feature not a bug
@sir @slp Of course it's a feature - unless you want to chat with someone who isn't a complete and total developer nerd like me or you and wants standard contemporary features like automatic image uploads, conversation threads, channel history, or if you want to build a community of non-technological people around your software. At that point, I observed that people prefer to leave rather than stay on IRC.
Or they start Discord servers of their own.
@slp @sir Yep - my case is perhaps a little bit more specific. I want a means of collaborating with people who are both deeply technical and deeply non-technical, and also includes most (or at least some) of the features I have listed above. When it comes to programming, I'm eager to nerd all over Freenode, but when it comes to collaborating with non-technerds, I'm looking for something more featureful, or the community will go set up a Discord server anyway.
yet: if everynerdy did that, nerds would be dead within a few decades entirely.
nobody's born a nerd. people don't learn in a vacuum. some people need people contact to learn, or pictures, or whatever.
if you're not volunteering to teach, that's understandable -- I refuse too -- but from someone with severe learning problems, I can tell you accessible isn't just cheap hardware
it's unicode, screenreaders, pictures, text-to-speech, and sometimes people contact
just saying ❤️
I cut my teeth on Doom, son. ;) I'm aware. And I flailed desperately for years and years, mostly due to my learning defects and low tolerance for frustration.
This is also arguably an example of the "well X was just fine why would we Y"? We didn't go to the moon for years and years, said people during the space race -- why bother now? It's a waste of money, yeesh.
Nobody knows what lies beyond their space if they refuse to innovate past what they are already comfortable with.
If you're using lynx right now to toot things, I will literally accept that you literally believe this.
Especially if you don't have a smartphone (which was decried as 'dumbed down' computing by some, IIRC).
Otherwise, I'm going to assume you believe it in some sense, in a "well I had to so they have to" sense. And I'm gonna tell you, as someone who thought that way a long time: It doesn't move forward. It is stationary.
It is, long-term, quite unhelpful. (IMO, obviously.)
And no, "Nerds" won't die. Your concept of them, though, could -- things that refuse to maintain or grow die, and fertilize the things that are willing to grow. The "old guard" of "real" techs, or whatever this concept is; yes, they'll function. But as a slim minority at best. It's endless meta-November forever, all the way down.
This is meant as food for thought, assuming people are looking for that.
Anyway: Be well. ^_^
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