another thing that Andrea and I discussed briefly some time ago and did
not discard completely are Skype chats.
Basically, the reason that we use IRC is the option of logging the
chat. This was done mainly so that others (read: the admins) can
interfer if something goes wrong. However, chats tend to make an
amazingly difficult read, with people misunderstanding each other etc.
And if you skim over the chat too quickly, you might miss some
important (bad) points. So, in short, the reality has not quite lived
up to the theory.
On the other hand, chatting is a bit slow; not everyone does 10-finger
typing. So the idea of doing skype chats has been around for some time.
I have recently used them in another project, and while they have the
potential of being faster, they are also very ... different. In any
case, we could maybe try this out. Is there a principal interest from
I think we would in general be a bit careful with opening this option,
just doing a selected few chats for the beginning to figure out how to
balance the utter principal lack of documentation versus maybe a
summary and so on and so forth, but right now, this is about principle.