[kata-dev] Proposal to migrate to a Slack alternative

Fox, Kevin M Kevin.Fox at pnnl.gov
Mon Mar 26 19:23:32 UTC 2018

It sounds like there are a lot of reasons to consider getting off slack. +1 for discussions around it.

-1 for doing it too much *here*. The Kubernetes and OpenStack communities should be doing it as a whole. Shouldn't this be done at the openstack-dev list or the openstack-tc? and some equivalent at k8s?

If kata-containers does it in isolation, then the solution kata-containers comes up with very well could isolate it from the other communities based on the other communities choices. Lets work together.

From: Anne Bertucio [anne at openstack.org]
Sent: Monday, March 26, 2018 11:06 AM
To: Graham Hayes
Cc: kata-dev at lists.katacontainers.io
Subject: Re: [kata-dev] Proposal to migrate to a Slack alternative

Graham hits on many of my concerns about Slack. Slack was built for organizations where everyone is an employee—was never intended for open source collaboration, and they’re not building for us as they build future features (or take existing ones away).

A major concern I have with OSS projects using Slack is that it does not have the guardrails that help everyone feel safe in a community—for example, individuals cannot block individuals.

Another concern is the lost historical knowledge through the lack of logging. We are already losing information through the message limit (although we capture it currently via eavesdrop on IRC). Logging is only available to paid accounts, and while they give steep discounts to nonprofits (open source projects housed at foundations meets those requirements), the per-user fee adds up to be nontrivial, and there are many better ways to spend those community dollars.

User inertia is real, and “Oh no not another tool” is a downside to migrating. That said, I think there is a balance between defining our own principles as a community, and being pressured into the trends set by others.

Anne Bertucio
OpenStack Foundation
anne at openstack.org<mailto:anne at openstack.org> | irc: annabelleB

On Mar 26, 2018, at 5:27 AM, Graham Hayes <gr at ham.ie<mailto:gr at ham.ie>> wrote:

On 24/03/18 03:22, Tao Peng wrote:
On Fri, Mar 23, 2018 at 10:36 PM, Anne Bertucio <anne at openstack.org<mailto:anne at openstack.org>> wrote:
Hi all,

With some of the changes to Slack’s terms of service and integrations with
IRC, I wanted to raise the idea of moving to an open source alternative to
Hi Anne,

Most of the container ecosystem communities are doing just fine with
slack so I want to understand why we want an alternative. What changes
to Slack’s terms of service would scare us away?

There is a few reasons:

1. Slack announced the IRC/XMPP gateway is going to be removed
  a. This means that a lot of peoples prefered clients will no longer
  b. People are now forced to use the RAM / CPU hungry, proprietary
     Slack clients.
2. Slack just announced that workspace admins can now get access to
  private messages without notifying users that their chats were
3. Doing open source development in a closed source walled garden is not
  what all communities (or developers) want - supporting open standards
  is important.

Other communities are having these discussions as well, not just Kata.

The driver behind having an alternative to IRC was 1) some find IRC
intimidating 2) some are more likely to get involved in our community if
there’s a communication GUI that they’re familiar with.

I see these are cons of IRC but they are not the reasons to drop slack right?


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