IRC ? Re: Wiki page about Free Software for remote working

Bernhard E. Reiter bernhard at
Wed Apr 1 09:30:54 UTC 2020

Am Dienstag 31 März 2020 17:30:12 schrieb Sandro Santilli:
> >
> Under the Chat/InstantMessaging app IRC is completely missing, while
> still being the most stable and ubiquitous system for instant
> messaging ?

Can you back that statement up?
  IRC usage has been declining steadily since 2003, losing 60% of its users 
  (from 1 million to about 400,000 in 2012) and half of its channels (from 
  half a million in 2003).

the technical standards and usual deployed privacy support seem
to be of less quality than XMPP. Again from the wikipedia entry above:

  As of 2016, a new standardization effort is under way under a working group
  called IRCv3, which focuses on more advanced client features like instant 
  notifications, better history support and improved security. As of 2019, 
  no major IRC networks have fully adopted the proposed standard.

Best Regards,

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