last year (as in 2016/2017), we've had a couple discussions regarding
the potential need for an XPUB chat room "à la slack" to communicate and
share stuff as a complement to the email list.
I think Max was interested to look into it, as the homebrew server club
was working on an XMPP tutorial (and LURK had a running XMPP server
already), but unfortunately there was no decent web client. One year
later it's pretty much the same, XMPP has really good mobile and much
improved desktop clients but not many usable web options. Sadly, without
an easy entry point to XMPP, the protocol/ecosystem is not super easy to
In the meantime, there has been more and more people discontent with
slack's culture and the well known tactics of bait-and-switch into a
a proprietary walled garden service. As a result, a couple free and open
source alternative have emerged.
One of these is rocket.chat, which can be used on their own servers via
a subscription service, but it's also possible to run on it on your own
server, and there is very active developer community.
Long story short, there's now a rocket.chat server install on LURK,
and an XPUB channel:
Please join/try, let's see if that's useful?