Edit: Links to non-slack channels:
Edit 2: There are a lot of other issues with slack:
- It inserts
U+200B“Zero Width Space” characters when copying “attached” snippets. This breaks PureScript compilation and has been an issue since 2015. https://twitter.com/slackhq/status/698413999579361280
- It doesn’t have syntax highlighting for inline snippets.
- WYSIWYG editor is frustrating. A preview tab would be better.
Zulip addresses all of the above.
What are your opinions on migrating away from Slack to a chat platform that doesn’t erase old messages?
It looks like anything older than 12 days is deleted (10k message limit shared with FP workspace). I often suspect that I’m asking questions that were already answered before, but outside of the search window.
Discourse seems like a great solution to the message retention problem, yet Slack is more active. Do folks prefer Slack’s instant-messaging format over Discourse’s forum experience?
Are either of these alternative instant-messaging tools appealing:
- Zulip - Unlimited message retention for open source projects. Nice organization of conversation threads.
- Riot - Also free. Content is visible without registering (like Discourse), although searching requires logging-in.
Both Zulip and Riot allow for bridging with the PureScript IRC channel, which would address some of the fragmentation concerns outlined in “The state of things” thread. Slack disabled IRC bridging, which is a bummer, but that wouldn’t have solved the message retention issue anyway.