November 5th & 6th, 2021
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Community Chat

SeaGL’s community meets on both Matrix and IRC:

Matrix

Join #SeaGL:seattlematrix.org in your preferred client, or:

Join Space

IRC

Join #SeaGL on Libera.Chat in your preferred client, or:

Open Web Chat

The two systems are bridged so you can use either option. If you’re not sure which to choose, we recommend Matrix.

About Matrix

Matrix is a modern chat system that:

  • offers popular features—group chat rooms, private messaging, message formatting, image and file sharing, voice and video calling, software integrations, and email notifications
  • is decentralized like email—Your account is “at” the provider of your choice, but you can communicate seamlessly across providers.

Getting started

Many options are available, but we recommend:

  • For a service provider, use Matrix.org, a public service operated by a non-profit foundation.
  • For client software, use Element, an open source application for a variety of platforms including the web.

To begin:

  1. Open the Element web interface.
  2. Create an account.
  3. At Add roomExplore public rooms, enter #SeaGL:seattlematrix.org and click Join.

About IRC

IRC (Internet Relay Chat) is a text-based chat system that:

  • has an established history of use by internet communities and open source software projects
  • is ephemeral by default—If you’re not connected, you miss group chats and can’t be messaged.
  • can be used without registration of an account

Getting started

For short-term use, for example to ask a brief question or attend office hours, open the web chat above.

In the long term, you’ll likely want to:

  1. Install client software on your computer.
  2. Reserve your nickname.
  3. Consider operating a bouncer or signing up for a hosted service that provides a persistent connection.