[Members] Terminology (and about the Glossary on the wiki)

Peter Saint-Andre stpeter at stpeter.im
Tue Mar 20 14:04:46 UTC 2018


On 3/19/18 4:22 AM, Kevin Smith wrote:
> On 9 Feb 2018, at 11:40, JC Brand <jc at opkode.com> wrote:
>>
>> * Why not something like "Channel"?
>>
>> I tend to think that applications like Slack use "Channel" to
>> specifically distance themselves from the more old-school terminology.
>> I might be wrong here, but this is my impression.
>>
>> I don't think the Jabber community needs to distance itself from such
>> terms in order to brand itself.
> 
> I think this is actually the opposite :)
> Jabber didn’t use channel in order to distinguish itself from IRC (at least, although this predates me slightly to remember the original reason, early on I remember people making a big deal about this), while Slack et al. don’t feel the need to distance themselves from the term of art.

We developed Jabber in an IRC channel (and some IRL hackathons), so we
wanted to differentiate ourselves from IRC. But that's a long time ago!

Peter


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