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Created May 10, 2013
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My cranky-day rant about people /msg-ing in work IRC
People keep /MSG-ing me non-secret things in IRC, so I assume everyone's doing it w/ one another too. Everytime someone /msg-s me I ask them to bring it up in the main channel instead, but that's not getting the message across, so: STOP IT.
The whole point of IRC is that there's huge benefit in everyone overhearing things that they're not currently working on. This is why IRC is 1000x better for a tech group than IM. There's incredible value in making things like "Oh, I did that at my last job, consider looking at X" or "Didn't I see you did something with Y last month?" possible, and all of that gets flushed down the drain when you /msg.
Don't worry about the channel getting too chatty. I'm in some channels w/ 200+ members and it works just fine. Your IRC client will figure it out.
There might be no immediate need for [Alice] to hear [Bob] and I discussing the finer points of dynamo throughput settings, but there's no harm in it and if at the end of the month the bill knocks her socks off she's going to at least start with some half-remembered background.
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