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Raunak Ramakrishnan
Raunak Ramakrishnan

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Good Chat / Online channels for developers

Hello everyone,

There are so many messaging platforms now like Slack, Gitter, Discord, Stackoverflow chat and the good old IRC. What are some of the channels which are good for developers? They can either be general or specific to some programming language or framework e.g nodejs or android.

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Ben Halpern

I had no idea Stack Overflow had chat. We're actually building in some chat into, not necessarily to act the same way as some of these traditional chat rooms, but experimenting with ways it can be complementary to the rest of the ways folks interact on the site.

I've always found chat rooms one of the hardest things to keep up with and get introduced into because there is so much context to juggle, so we're trying to keep that in mind as we slowly build out our chat features.

With that in mind I don't have a lot to add because I've never personally been satisfied with a lot of these chat-based platforms over the longrun. So I haven't stuck around with any.

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Raunak Ramakrishnan

Nice! What stack are you using for building chat?

I find chat useful for immediate feedback on doubts and asking tangential questions in real time.

Chat rooms do become cumbersome or too fine-grained (e.g too many channels) for new users. Another issue is potential toxicity/hostility in some chat rooms. Without moderators, it becomes very intimidating for many.

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@ben , I had no idea as well that stack overflow had a chatroom 😊

birdb4 profile image

Hello "World". Happy Halloween! Is anybody here currently working on a scary Javascript exercise? Please shout out if there is any Devs currently in the room?