Chat/Alternatives

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MainInfrastructureChatChat/Alternatives

HackSoc periodically has "discussions" about what chat platform we should use. This page attempts to document the various pros and cons of each platform.

Overview

Platform Pros Cons
Slack
  • custom emoji
  • signups restricted to York students (via email address)
  • graphical client
  • threaded messages
  • public API, libraries available
  • we currently use it
  • many "business-focused" features
  • lacks features important for safety, like the ability to block users
  • 10k message limit
IRC
  • free, always and forever
  • public (by nature) API, libraries available
  • difficult to use
  • no message history
  • no file upload support
  • no threads
  • no markup
  • no custom emoji
IRC with The Lounge
  • free, always and forever
  • public (by nature) API, libraries available
  • message history
  • file uploads
  • no threads
  • no markup?
  • no custom emoji
  • imposes per-user administrative burden on infrastructure officer
Discord
  • graphical client
  • public API, libraries available
  • integrated voice/video chat
  • limited number of custom emoji (50 for free, 100 at $10/mo, 150 at $75/mo, or 250 at $150/mo)
  • no threads
  • invites are open to anyone with the link (which is public on hacksoc.org)
rocket.chat

?

  • push notifications are a paid feature
Matrix

?

  • immature/flaky server (self-hosting likely to be painful, using matrix.org likely to be slow)
Mattermost

?

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