A while back @majken mentioned trying out Slack, but after we realized you had to be invited, we kinda backed away from the idea. I came across a webapp that lets you put up a form that automatically invites people to your team. I threw it up on Heroku, you can request an invite here.
My reasoning behind wanting to try Slack out:
2983571908746098376049798709827. Right now, a lot of brainstorming (especially for Discourse) happens on Telegram, in closed groups. A lot of us are in that group, but that only lets people who are in the group talk about the ideas. We’re not doing actual “work” on Telegram, but if we can let more people see it, we can definitely get more ideas.
289057101962190587. I think we all realize that IRC is kinda dying. I’m in two Mozilla groups on Telegram, and they’re usually more active in an hour than we are for several days. Granted, there’s more of them, but we’re also pretty active on Telegram. Again with the “closed” thing.
2039845723587009870987987. IRC only lets you see what’s going on after you joined, and you have to set up a bouncer or search logs to know what happened before you were around. You can search the logs in Slack, and see what was going on before you joined.
01189998819991197253. Slack has emoji.
Wordpress has moved from IRC to Slack, as has Hangops, a weekly DevOps discussion/show hosted by Brandon Burton (solarce). Both have >700 users, so it definitely scales better than Telegram, which only allows 200 people per group.
What are your thoughts on testing Slack?