Wondering Which channel should I use when and why?
Discussions about the IndieWeb take place primarily in our chat channels:
Read recent IndieWeb discussions:
- 1 Read Discussions
- 2 Join Discussions
- 3 Add your icon
- 4 Chat Channels Purposes
- 5 Related Chat Channels
- 6 Slack Users
- 7 Search
- 8 Differences between chat services
- 9 Using an IRC client
- 10 Email
- 11 See Also
Join the discussions! The IndieWeb chat is bridged equivalently across four different chat services so that users can use their preferred chat client!
Web (just use your browser!)
- Online #indieweb chat! - click the blue "Join the Chat" button at the bottom.
Matrix (via element.io):
Add your icon
To have your icon or avatar show up on some of the platforms you'll need to add yourself to the list of chat-names (even if you're not using IRC). Due to some restrictions, avatars may not necessarily bridge across all platforms.
Chat Channels Purposes
Each of our chat channels has a specific purpose documented below.
If you’re not sure which channel to use, ask in #indieweb-meta!
- Welcome to the indieweb! how to get on the indieweb, get started, how to post, what to post, indieweb events to join the community in-person, why indieweb, what software / services are ready for users to use without dealing with coding or command lines.
Keep it user-centric please!
Not sure if you should ask a technical question here? Ask yourself:
- Could someone who has never built a website understand what you’re about to say/ask?
- If not, please ask in the indieweb-dev channel instead!
If you see someone using jargon, code, or dev talk, say something.
Politely all such conversations to move to the dev channel (see below). We encourage the whole community to help with this, to keep the main chat friendly for newcomers and folks that want to focus on using the indieweb! And it helps avoid encounters like:
- "Recently joined the IndieWeb Slack and I feel like I’ve entered a foreign country. The words I am reading are English but at times they make no sense. The IndieWeb is just not ready for normals, but I sure hope it will be" @klandwehr March 23, 2018
- #indieweb-dev (#dev in Slack)
- Development tools, services (like Bridgy), issues, APIs, creating anything besides content, and any kind of jargon. E.g. creating design, UX, implementation details, protocols (like HTTP, Webmention, Micropub, IndieAuth), formats (like HTML, CSS, microformats2, h-entry, h-card, h-event), frameworks, coding languages (like JS, PHP, Python, Ruby), server configuration (Apache, nginx, HTTPS), and other plumbing.
- #indieweb-wordpress (#wordpress in Slack)
- WordPress-specific topics (Getting Started with WordPress, IndieWeb WordPress plugins, WordPress themes, general WordPress development)
- #indieweb-meta (#meta in Slack)
- Anything about the indieweb community or shared resources, and community organizing like events: planning events, wiki gardening, wikifying, discussion about the community / discussion channels (IRC, Slack, Loqi) / wiki.
- #indieweb-chat (#chat in Slack)
- Off-topic channel for discussing anything, and is not publicly logged. Even though Slack has some number of lines of scrollback this channel is considered off the record. It is the expectation of community members that this channel remains off the record. Explicit quoting or event summarizing someone should only occur after getting explicit permission.
Related Chat Channels
Related channels often used by the community:
- #microformats (#microformats in Slack)
- Ask about microformats in general, or the process of developing a new one or new features by researching, documenting examples, brainstorming, etc.
- #knownchat (#known in Slack)
- Similar to the wordpress channel, the Known channel is for Known-specific topics (plugins, evolution, troubleshooting etc.)
- Join the IndieWeb Slack Community!
- Join additional channels!
- From the desktop: click the **Channels** heading in sidebar to view the other channels. Click a channel, i.e. # dev, it will show you a preview of that channel with a Join Channel button.
The chat rooms (except for #indieweb-chat) can be searched at
- https://chat.indieweb.org/ (by typing into the search box and clicking the search icon which will redirect to the site above)
Differences between chat services
Each of these four options is roughly equivalent from a text perspective, though each may have features, configurations, or other niceties that differentiate them somewhat from each other.
Some platforms, like Slack, will unfurl URLs or provide a link-preview into the chat while others will allow wiki page names pre-pended with a slash to autolink to the exact wiki webpage (eg: "/principles" in some chat platforms will link to the principles wiki page. Slack emoji responses aren't bridged to other platforms, so giving a heart or thumbs up to someone's post won't be seen unless they're also on Slack. Depending on your chat client, users from Matrix may show up with a [m] on their usernames or users from Slack appear with their username in brackets. Some usernames may have the word "app" after them to indicate their content is originating from another platform.
Using an IRC client
- If you're already an IRC user, setup your client with:
- Join the channels above (by clicking on the chat links)
There is no mailing list! 🎉
This is a deliberate decision. We encourage focusing on short discussions in chat and capturing incremental agreements/disagreements on the wiki. This also discourages long essays and repetition of arguments that can take place on email threads.
For more see: