When the crowds leave, some parts of the Internet get better

(written by lawrence krubner, however indented passages are often quotes). You can contact lawrence at: lawrence@krubner.com

Interesting to think that after The Great Newbie Flood of the 1990s, some people gave up on IRC and now it is better than it was:

IRC today is the opposite of http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eternal_September. People who still use IRC are mostly well-mannered, skillful and welcoming of others, and things only seem to get better day-by-day. People who are unresponsive to email, Tweets and other means of communication can be very responsive on IRC. More signal less noise, I quess.


Yes, compared to what IRC was in the 90′ies – definitely. In the age of DLS the then common ping floods aren’t as effective anymore ;-) While I’m idling about there in several channels like #citadel, it has become quiet there, and non technical channels seem to die out. I guess IRC has to less XML inside to be hip or commercialy supported nowadays. we’ll see how long irssi keeps working ;-)