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Afri Schoedon

IRC is slowly replaced by Riot/Matrix :)

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Jason C. McDonald Author

Eh, I disagree. Every chat protocol likes to believe they're replacing IRC, but that's never actually been the case. IRC is completely open, stable to the point of being virtually bug free, and decentralized. Very few of the alternatives can claim even two of those, and none can claim all three.

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Afri Schoedon

Oh, I am entirely on your side. IRC is incredible, and I am still using this. But the matrix protocol is not only open-source and open-protocol but also enables end-to-end encryption (like Signal) and data-federalization (like XMPP), both two key features IRC does not have. There has never been anything in the last 30 years that had the potential to replace IRC - and I'm not claiming this will happen - but Matrix could do that. ;)