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Due to user feedback, ##lobsters on Freenode is no longer invite-only, and the channel has been repurposed. It primarily exists:

  • As a real-time companion to lobste.rs, with the same focus on general computation.
  • As an extension of the lobste.rs community, which most would recognize as being a small and enjoyable crucible of discussion.
  • As a place to collaborate on or forge the details of a future lobste.rs post before it is posted. Posts on lobste.rs should be well crafted. If you want to ask the community what might make a good posting, or for feedback on a rough draft, ##lobsters would be a good place to do it.
  • As a fun, “general” discussion channel (anything on-topic in lobste.rs is on-topic in ##lobsters). If you’ve ever been in #emacs or #archlinux, you already know how entertaining this can be.
  • As a place to meet other people. Socializing is essential to the human experience.
  • As a place to ask for an invitation to this website, if you do not already have one. Spamming for invites will result in a channel ban. As a human being, you know the difference between spamming and politely asking, once. (This is partially in response to https://lobste.rs/s/zdmni3/proposal_to_remove_barriers_to_entry.)

It is my hope that a sizable chunk of the thousands of people registered on this website will idle or actively participate in this channel. :)

Aside: Just as before, as I am not jcs, this is not an official channel. If one day he adds an irc backend to the bbs or accepts a patch that does so, I would drop this channel in a heartbeat.

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    As someone who is newer to this site, what was the purpose of the IRC channel before?

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      I didn’t think too hard about it. It was just meant to be an invite-only channel for lobsters users. In retrospect, that was silly. It only existed for 2 days prior to today. :)

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      This sounds fun! I’ve been meaning to get back into the habit of idling on IRC, so ##lobsters sounds a good place to start.

      Aside: Just as before, as I am not jcs, this is not an official channel. If one day he adds an irc backend to the bbs or accepts a patch that does so, I would drop this channel in a heartbeat.

      Just with at least a couple of days/hours notification before you tell ChanServ to delete the channel. ;)