armahillo wrote:Very interesting to see so many people bringing up IRC.
We have been considering that, as well as setting up a Jabber/XMPP (the protocol used by FB/gTalk/AIM) server. The main advantage of IRC is that it supports many different discussion channels (I have heard that it is possible to do multi-user chats with Jabber/XMPP but it seems a bit tricky). The main disadvantages of IRC were the security aspect (I really don't have the time to full-time manage an IRC server and keep the hatches battened down) and that it seemed like overkill to set up a server if it would only be one chat room.
With all the interest in doing IRC, maybe that is the way to go. We could maybe have a channel for the website that could be accessed via a web interface (#website or something) and then leave the other channels open for others to create, as necessary (but you'd have to use mIRC, Trillian, Empathy, Pidgin, XChat, or whatever IRC client you prefer, to access it). Ideally, I'd like to set it up where authenticating against the forum DB is required, so that people cannot anonymously log in.
I agree that an IRC server might not be worth the trouble, but there are also plenty of free, stable and open servers out there, why not just make a server on there and embed it on here?
@Ike, yes, you can embed an IRC chat inside the forum.
@Jannik, i don't think we'll be able to remove posts (although that might be up to the chat host, not the IRC itself).