extremely safe from the feds so i can share my sexy nudes
@mewmew I can't imagine enjoying or wanting to use anything but IRC. It lives in my terminal like it should. The protocol is open and I can read the source code for the server I'm on (minus any local mods), I can read the source code for the client I'm using, I can debug with telnet (maybe wrapped in s_client) like you're supposed to, it's decentralized, anyone can set up a server, and so on. Plus there's no images or multimedia getting in the way. It's Unixy.
(also, since no one is going to vote for it, but WeChat is incredibly slick as a platform and can do things like voicecalls over 2G/EDGE that I've seen no other platform reliably do. That being said, it's Chinese spyware and proprietary software)
@mewmew irc because it's super easy, super versatile, and there's not an irc client in existence that takes up a tenth of discord's memory footprint
I'd vote for mumble too for the same basic reasons if this was a square checkbox poll
Email might not be the perfect way to do chat, but it is tried and tested and solves some of the issue with other chat protocals.
also almost everyone my age in russia uses it, so it's pretty convenient.
I chose SMS/MMS in the poll because I use it more like short e-mail. While I can and do sometimes have near-real-time conversations with people over SMS, it's usually more asynchronous, that is, we don't necessarily reply immediately. (It's still quicker than e-mail, though; most people I know will at least pay attention to an SMS notification, while they'll ignore their e-mail for days at a time.)
I've tried to convince friends and family to use Wire, since it would give me the option of using a real keyboard when I'm near my computer, but haven't had any luck so far.
@mewmew I'm strictly not a fan of any chat network that hates third-party clients. After narrowing those out, XMPP strikes the best balance, IMO, between random nattering and more formal discussion (eg. event planning, or topic chat rooms).
This reminds me, did the rest of the world not use Yahoo messenger? Back in the old days, where I live, you were basically forced to use YM because everyone else in the country with internet was also using that. We didn't even call it by it's full name. Just "messenger", because no one knew any better.
Matrix is the new IRC deal with that
in all seriousness, i have no idea. i mostly use discord nowadays, but it's by no means my favorite, i mostly use it bc everyone else does. xmpp is alright and i like its decentralized nature, but it lacks quite a bit of features so idk
Compare writing a bot for Telegram, Matrix, Discord, even IRC and XMPP. Without any libraries(except network, json/xml parser, you get it).
@mewmew I voted for telegram since its so easy to use, open sourced in a way.
and i can use it on anything!
XMPP and irc would win if they were updated a bit and easier for normies to drop.
@mewmew I prefer and use moslty Matrix because it allows for flawless bridging with Telegram and IRC (tho not XMPP, a shame cuz I like that protocol too), it has a lot of more advanced features like formatting, stickers, replys, e2ee, reactions, calls, video calls and stuff like that. I also like to have my own server and it being free software. Matrix to me feels like a Discord (in the group chat server and videocall way) and like Telegram in the direct chat way
@mewmew If it had compatibility for bridges with XMPP it would be perfect
@mewmew I prefer @matrix because it is an open, federated protocol, Riot is a great, easy-to-use, open source client working on all major platforms, lots of other clients are in active development and it comes with E2E encryption...
Federation is a must for me. I would have liked for XMPP to gain more traction, but it is really missing good clients (except for Conversations on Android)...
@mewmew Discord because of its ease of use to non-tech people and widespread adoption amongst gamers. I know privacy there isn’t great, so I don’t use it for anything important, but it’s a large hub for a community I help manage.
@firstname.lastname@example.org Favorite is SMS, just because everyone has a phone, a phone number that is very easy to remember and it works with all phones without exception ^^
But also, it's mainly discord, especially for friend and work, because everyone uses Discord 😑