Absence of certain features in IRC considered a feature
correct me if im wrong but isn't your entire argument "people dont want to upgrade their 1980s hardware"
@tn5421 no. It's a feature that my IRC client runs in my terminal emulator and can't display images accordingly
@epicmorphism note that at the end of the article I aknowledged that IRC has problems. This is one of them. Universal access to bouncers is needed
So I'll say: to reminisce.
Some people make photos of fun moments, so that they can later recall them and remember how fun it was. I don't take photos. Instead, I keep IRC logs. Then I sometimes remember that there was this nice chat we had 2 years ago, what was it exactly... then I grep the logs and find it, and read it, and enjoy it.
@sir Bouncers generally solve the “multiple devices” problem as well, especially when the clients support IRCv3 extensions.
Mobile platforms in general are treated like shit by most of these shiny new alternatives, especially if you’re running something niche that isn’t Android or iOS.
You can pretty much bet that someone will write a good enough IRC client for them, though. Communi (the one for Sailfish OS which also has a desktop version) for example works really well on phone touchscreens and even supports a bunch of IRCv3 extensions as well as some ZNC-specific features for a much better experience with unstable connections.
Speaking of UI: Many of the shiny new things are really bad at handling many connections and channels. Virtually impossible to keep up with anything and most of all distinguish important notifications from unimportant ones. You can tell most of them were written by people working for adtech scumbags because most of them jump in your face like a terrier on Ecstasy to get your attention but then fail to tell you a) which conversation on which “server” triggered the notification b) how many messages have been written since the last time you have looked at that conversation. It’s like they’re engineered to waste as much of your time and attention as possible without getting anything done, which is extremely harmful for e.g. software engineers. In some cases you only get the desktop notification (which you might not even have allowed in your browser settings) and a sound effect but looking at the UI won’t show you what happened. All that stuff is hidden and you need half a dozen clicks or keypresses to get anywhere, whereas a good IRC client will simply present a channel list that has all this information at a glance, and allow you to quickly jump through active channels. With IRC, you don’t need notifications. A quick glance at the channel list will suffice, which works very nicely if you have your client on a second monitor. You still notice what’s going on in all the 50+ channels you’re in, but it’s much less distracting.
@sir Didn't know about The Lounge, but I think IRCCloud has a similar client... plus paid hosting so you don't need to bother with your own IRC bouncer anymore (yay), and a willingness to evolve the IRC standard in more or less "graceful" ways to keep older/TUI/etc clients still working AFAICT (mostly they're part of the IRCv3 WG I think?)
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