What #Slack missed so far

Recently we, some of the Bengali Wikimedian, were discussing about a public chat channel for one of our Wikipedia project, and we found ourselves nowhere. No Messenger, no Hangout, not even #Slack.

It’s the IRC that stood out.

Yes, IRC (Internet Relay Chat), the age-old 1988 application layer protocol for chit-chat.

Steps are simple:

  1. Create a channel, invite people
  2. Get to the channel
  3. Put a nickname
  4. Captcha (if needed)
  5. Chat

Let’s use #Slack instead:

  1. Create a channel, invite people
  2. Get to the channel
  3. Sign in/Sign up
  4. Chat with ease

May be there are lesser steps, but that Sign in/Sign up changed everything when we are talking about a public chat room.

Yes, it’s the public access to a chat room, what #Slack missed so far.

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