We are now on slack. You can find us at ladrupal.slack.com. If you wish to get an invite, go to http://ladrupal.org and fill out the form for a slack invite. You will be sent one automatically - see you there!
Why the facepalm? :(
My thoughts on slack for open source communities. https://groups.drupal.org/node/516152
There are other better places for this if you are going to abandon IRC. Also, for reference. https://www.drupal.org/node/249033
TLDR; Slack is only more convenient if your company/organization happens to use Slack. It is not better than other solutions, it is worse because it will not support open source. This is no matter who else is using it.
I'm active with CiviCRM.org the .org for CiviCRM, the open source CRM that started 10+ years ago as a big Drupal module, and is now its own project. It still works best with Drupal as the CMS though it also plays nice with WP and Joomla.
We've been using mattermost at https://chat.civicrm.org as our open source Slack alternative for over a year now. We're quite happy with it. We have an integration with IRC but almost everyone formerly using IRC for CiviCRM stuff is now on chat.civicrm.org .
This is exactly my point. There is no reason to use a company that doesn't support open source when you don't have to. There are best in class open source irc alternatives to slack. If you must migrate from irc, there are better places than slack to go. Mattermost, matrix, and soon gitter.io
If there was talk on abandoning IRC, we would have explicitly stated move from IRC to slack. We're not. Slack is another avenue where we can communicate. And while I will agree philosophically that Slack is not open source and we should not use it (I dislike it for the same reason), the reality is that many folks are on Slack (I have it for work, I have it for a few other communities, and it is installed on more systems at this point than the irc clients I like so for me, it was an easy choice to integrate and announce). We can disagree on whether or not to jump on a bandwagon based on popularity but for folks in the community wanted it and we're try it out and see where it goes. Mattermost, wechat, etc are open source but I frankly do not use them and am unsure on how to set them up (I'm not a huge fan of gitter.io but if the group wants it, then we'll try it). Slack is not open source, but their api makes it very easy to integrate (register a channel, get the token, install slack invite module and display signup form). If someone else in the community wants to set up other communication channels up as options, I am happy to announce them and integrate them.
I did NOT in fact get an invite out of the LADrupal signup form to join an LADrupal slack group. What I got was a email about downloading the entire Slack application. But I already have it installed. Without an invite to join the specific group, it isn't going to work.
Actually, I didn't get ANY mail. It seems that Slack detected through Yahoo that I had looked at Slack and gave me a download ad at the top of my mail. I got NOTHING out of filling out that request form on LADrupal.
@pkosenko, I saw an invite was sent out to you though I don't know why the email didn't say it was an invite to slack. I did resend an invite so let me know if it works.
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