There was a poll recently on
to determine where that Postgres community should have its interactive communication. The options were Google Hangouts, Slack,
or “Other”. The results were not surprising with Google Hangouts beating Slack with 157 votes cast. There was also notable mentions of IRC, and Gitter. There were a couple of long time Postgresql.Org members that asked the inevitable, “What is wrong with IRC?” . Of course there is nothing wrong with IRC but most users when you tell them to use IRC will say, “IRWhat?” which is either a sign of disdain or ignorance depending on the user.
The problem and what is driving this post was an additional comment made by a long time community member that we need to educate the users because the community (Postgresql) is on IRC and mailing lists.
That thinking ignores the reality that many community silos that have been built up over the years. If IRC and mailing lists were sufficient for the needs of the community, these silos wouldn’t thrive. They are active and serve the needs of many communities that are linked but not directly integrated into Postgresql.Org.
That doesn’t count the many other Postgres communities. The NYCPUG has over 2300 users and I guarantee you that at most a small two digit percentage participate on “The mailing lists” or “IRC”. Let us also not forget some of the largest communities in the world such as Japan and Asia. Very few of them participate on the .Org lists, that doesn’t mean they aren’t part of the community.
If as a community our goal is to not only build software but also to build people then we have to let go of our old man, get off my lawn tendencies and embrace new forms of collaboration. I am a bonafide master of “Good lord, why do I have to use Slack” but guess what, I use Slack. Why? Because that is where you reach certain community members.