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Hey, I'm wondering what the chatroom software of choice is for the people here! I'm looking for something with usability and features rivalling Slack and Discord. Whilst I like IRC, it scares people a little. Any suggestions?

I may just use a Discord server with an IRC bridge, to get the best of both worlds. I'd rather not though!

@rubenwardy Riot.im has been absolutely amazing for me 😊 It's been a drop-in replacement for Skype and Discord for me 🙂

@MadestMadness @gxtony @RobinSohn @swedneck So, I'm looking into Matrix. I signed up using riot.im. I can't seem to be able to make groups of rooms, and I can't work out how to bridge my room to IRC. I want to make this as easy as possible, so ideally I'd be able to provide a link which leads to a sign up, and when signed up they immediately join the rooms. Riot.im also looks pretty terrible

@rubenwardy @MadestMadness @gxtony @RobinSohn

First off they're working on a new version of riot: riot.im/experimental

IRC bridges are set up via the integrations menu, which is the button with 9 squares. You can also join #irc:matrix.org for help.

Here's a list of other bridges available: matrix.org/docs/projects/bridg

@rubenwardy @MadestMadness @gxtony @RobinSohn @swedneck For grouping your rooms, you can create a community (from the leftmost sidebar) and then add rooms there. You can send them an invite link generated with matrix.to, like matrix.to/#/+self:lain.haus

@rubenwardy Maybe a XMPP MUC? Try Prosody as Server, and Gajim as Client on the Desktop or Conversations on Android.

@rubenwardy As others already suggested, look either into XMPP or Matrix/Riot. While I personally prefer XMPP, Matrix is easier to setup and has lots of bridges, so you would be able to use it via IRC.

@rubenwardy matrix.org riot.im

Matrix is exactly what you're looking for, and you could even set up bridged between matrix and irc, discord, telegram, and even minetest!

@rubenwardy I run a zulip insance for my company. We like it and the team behind it is excellent.

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