Email and IRC
By mcraig on Jun 21, 2007
A long time ago, somebody coming from Netscape wrote that Sun revolves around email. We mention that email can be archived and then searchable, which is true. Without email archives and search engines, lots of software would be undebuggable for the mere mortal.
Yet deep down we most like email because it's asynchronous. We like blogs for that, too. We like quiet uninterrupted problem solving. We punish people who like to be interrupted by promoting them to management.
But perhaps we need to build in a little more interrupt handling time. Andrew C. Oliver was telling us about using OpenDS. Here in email Andrew's responding to Neil answering on behalf of the rest of us.
> - The IRC channel is completely dead because no one knows anything about > it. I didn't know it existed at all until Pat Patterson asked me about > it yesterday (possibly as a result of a question that you might have > asked). I have no idea who set it up, but it's not really affiliated > with the OpenDS project. We would prefer mailing lists for this kind of > communication, since they are archived and searchable, and since you're > more likely to get a larger audience and therefore a more timely and > potentially more accurate response. > Just my 2c. I find real time communication is more useful for some things. However mainly it is a useful community building tool. At present you're doing this based on geo-location and internal company communications. It is much easier to archive IRC than intra-cubicle-chat but has a better bandwidth/comprehension factor than email for some things. I've also basically learned that every open source project will have a channel on freenode whether they like it or not :-)
You can read what Andrew has to say about OpenDS at his blog on buni.org.