This isn’t anything that I’m particularly interested in pursuing, but I thought some of you who were here when we transitioned from Slack to Discourse might be interested to know that the Clojure community seems to be hitting some limits/issues with Slack, and in discussing them somebody posted the following.
Here is an essay I wrote in January 2016 against using Slack for FOSS (which cites that Ryver page):
The biggest practical issue (ignoring philosophical ones or theoretical ones) is probably “Slack is focused on teams, not communities”.
The essay mentions some FOSS alternatives including Mattermost (which can import Slack history) and Matrix.org (which is decentralized).
Perhaps someone knows if there is already a Clojure/ClojureScript frontend to Matrix.org?
Others have mentioned that there are also some snazzy new tools that might be even more appealing, like irc and email .