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#javaranch IRC channel?

Jason Menard
Sheriff

Joined: Nov 09, 2000
Posts: 6450
Has the ranch ever considered setting up a Java Ranch irc channel? I say irc as opposed to a simple chat room because it is more powerful and more stable, plus there are IRC chat clients that can even be run from a website if somebody didn't want to figure out how to use mIRC or something similar.
Just a suggestion.
Johannes de Jong
tumbleweed
Bartender

Joined: Jan 27, 2001
Posts: 5089
Not sure we will ever go that way Jason. Our fearless leader aint a big fan of the "chat scene".
Cindy Glass
"The Hood"
Sheriff

Joined: Sep 29, 2000
Posts: 8521
WE have had this talk before. The problem is that most of us do not have the TIME for a chat room. I personally do most of my posting in 5 minute segment scattered throughout the day. That would make for a very choppy chat.
Also any effort put into the Chat room is lost to posterity. When you post, folks can search and read it months later. Our lurker percentage is VERY high compared to those who actually post.


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Jason Menard
Sheriff

Joined: Nov 09, 2000
Posts: 6450
Originally posted by Cindy Glass:
WE have had this talk before. The problem is that most of us do not have the TIME for a chat room. I personally do most of my posting in 5 minute segment scattered throughout the day. That would make for a very choppy chat.
Also any effort put into the Chat room is lost to posterity. When you post, folks can search and read it months later. Our lurker percentage is VERY high compared to those who actually post.

I think it's more about the immediate exchange of ideas and a more intimate sense of community. The forums have built a great community, with people kind of lurking around there all through the day. The IRC channel would simply be an extension to, but definitely not a replacement for the forums. They pretty much run themselves, and all your bartenders and above could be given channel ops for when they happen to be on. I have helped with a site that had both an IRC channel and forums and both were fairly active.
Again, just a suggestion.
William Barnes
Ranch Hand

Joined: Mar 16, 2001
Posts: 986

A former co-worker always goes on about how great the Yahoo programmer chat rooms were. But whenever I show up it is a bunch of 13 year olds going on about anything but programming.
Can anyone recommand a programming chat room that is actually any good, thanks.


Please ignore post, I have no idea what I am talking about.
Fei Ng
Ranch Hand

Joined: Aug 26, 2000
Posts: 1242
irc channel #java
Pretty nice people and they have group programming projects
for anyone who is interested.
 
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