Author: Jake Bauer <email@example.com>
Date: Sat, 6 Jun 2020 20:23:50 -0400
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@@ -17,35 +17,46 @@ and open source projects from email to another platform such as Discourse or
Slack citing that these platforms are "more modern" or "easier to use". For the
most part, I understand where they're coming from. To them, email seems like an
archaic platform where you can't embed images, it's not completely synchronous,
-and I honestly couldn't think of a third thing...
+and... I honestly couldn't think of a third thing...
I get it. These platforms are perhaps more inviting because of a friendly UI,
-these platforms support images, GIFs, emoji, and it all runs in the browser
-which is where everything else is seemingly done nowadays. The problem is that
-these features really aren't necessary and they rarely improve discussions which
-could otherwise happen, and work just fine, over email.
+inline image, GIF, and emoji support, and it all runs in the browser which is
+where everything else is seemingly done nowadays. The problem is that these
+features really aren't necessary and they rarely improve discussions which could
+otherwise happen, and work just fine, over email.
Historically, and still to this day, many free and open source software projects
use a combination of email and IRC for their communications. Email is the
asynchronous platform where decisions can be announced, questions can be asked
no matter who is online, and there can be an open, infinite public record of
-discussions and questions which can be freely searched by anybody (mailing list
-software typically preserves all the messages and they can be viewed online).
-IRC is the synchronous, ephemeral platform where developers and users can go to
-hash out quick discussions, provide quick support to users, and generally hang
-out like one would in a Slack channel.
+discussions and questions which can be freely searched by anybody (public
+mailing list software typically preserves all the messages and they can be
+viewed online). IRC is the synchronous, ephemeral platform where developers and
+users can go to hash out quick discussions, get answers to their support
+questions quickly, and generally hang out like one would in a Slack or
+Mattermost channel. IRC is a topic for another day, so I'll just be focusing on
+why email is better in this post.
+So, what does email bring to the table over the other options? Email is
+federated, one can use a variety of different clients,
The biggest problem with these so called "modern" platforms is that they're
actually a regression from what already exists. Platforms such as Slack and
-Discord are walled gardens requiring account creation, Discourse is better yet
-you still have to access it through a web browser and those who wish to use
-their own clients are treated as second-class citizens. When using services such
-as Slack and others which use analytics, users have to be conscious that they
-are effectively being monitored by these proprietary companies all the time.
+Discord are walled gardens requiring account creation, Discourse and Mattermost
+are better, yet you still have to access them through a web browser and those
+who wish to use their own clients are treated as second-class citizens. When
+using services such as Slack and others which use analytics, users have to be
+conscious that they are effectively being monitored by that software all the
+time and it's entirely possible for platforms like Discord and Slack to be
+sharing the information they collect with third party companies who then go on
+to sell it (if they don't already sell it themselves).
-[[people respond faster]]
+ <a href="/img/slack-tracking.png"><img src="/img/slack-tracking.png"/></a>
+ <figcaption>The log output of uBlock Origin while sitting in a Slack
+ workspace showing XHR requests to a 'track' URL.</figcaption>
-[[easy to hop into voice chat]]
_This is my thirty-seventh post for the