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Hello there. I know this issue has been raised several times and the Discord experiment failed miserably, but I...well...still wants to bring it up.

Since OGF is more serious business and smaller in community size to use Discord with, I purpose that we use a Slack workspace so at least we look slightly more professional and distinct from the public.

I'm open to most options. Personally I'm also a chatbot developer so I indeed can customize chat groups. I'd like to hear your thoughts.

Posted by Austinhuang on 5 January 2018 at 01:13.

I'm in. I've always wanted it to happen since Discord failed. The Nostaglia Strikes Again!

Posted by Litvania on 5 January 2018 at 09:53.

I admit I've never used Slack, but I'd be interested in learning if there were a chatty community of geofiction people to join!

Posted by Louis walker on 5 January 2018 at 14:51.

There are a number of reasons why chat platforms may not be a good fit for OGF:

  • They may necessitate software that might not be accessible to everyone.
  • They may require users to create and manage yet another account.
  • They may make our confusing array of communication tools even harder to navigate.
  • They may draw discussions away from our forum, making it less active and less interesting.
  • They may draw information away from our wiki, making such information harder to find.
  • They may be significantly more prone to arguments and other drama.
  • They may easily be dominated by the least mature, most "bored" users.
  • They may demand more intensive moderation than forums.
  • They may be more distracting and time-consuming than forums.
  • They may be harder to participate in for those with limited English skills.
Posted by Isleño (administrator) on 7 January 2018 at 04:58.

for the love of all that is holy please no chat

Posted by Myrcia on 7 January 2018 at 09:24.

Yep. There should be a page for why such should be discouraged to prevent people from being this topic up. This is best left to preofessionals.

Posted by Zhenkang on 7 January 2018 at 09:39.

What I don't understand is what would even be said in a useful, good, on-topic Slack channel? Slack only makes sense if people are working in close collaboration on a project which is not the case for most users on OGF. There's not even a great deal to say in this forum because we're all working on our own projects.

If people want to set up chats for their collaborative territories then that's probably a good idea but that's not going to be something that concerns most mappers.

Posted by Myrcia on 7 January 2018 at 11:54.

I think it's more about social interaction, rather than a need for rapid collaboration in real time. What people don't realize is that, in the realm of geofiction, the chattiest individuals are typically those who get home from school at 2pm and have nothing else to do until bedtime. Which is... not the kind of interaction most people are seeking.

I imagine the best way for people to find what they're looking for is simply to invite whichever mappers they want to whatever messaging/chat/social platforms they already use. ("Btw, you can find me on FB(link), Twitter(link), etc(link)...") That would allow people to add geofiction friends to their existing networks, and will help to keep important discussions here, where everyone can access them.

Posted by Isleño (administrator) on 7 January 2018 at 19:30.

I propose adding this question and answer to the FAQ. Not everyone reads it, but at least we will have a place for them to go instead of listing the reasons each time.

Posted by Litvania on 7 January 2018 at 20:02.