I am also of the opinion that we need to do something for the folks at the #meteor channel. I don’t think it is a community that can be ignored any longer. Right now there are approximately 225 people sitting in there and there are questions all day long. This is no small community. Granted, this population is a third of what a channel like #angularjs or #reactjs has currently. However, in comparison, both #angularjs and #reactjs have active administration, “answer bots” which help with simple question and documentation, and channel logs. With these sorts of services #meteor would be just as popular and just as helpful to the community.
supermario makes two statements above. The first is absolutely true. When questions don’t get answered on IRC they can posted here in the forum or on StackOverflow and get answered. The second statement does not need to be true. He says “When questions do get answered on IRC, they enter a black hole. Nobody else benefits. Everyone loses.” I am sorry, but a well run IRC community does not need to be that way. We have nearly 3 decades of experience with managing IRC channels under our belt. Channel discussion does not need to be a black hole. We can keep logs of interactions and even automatically aggregate commonly asked questions to keep the community up to date.
With that said, I might be missing some history here. Has MDG said they want nothing to do with IRC? I mean, there is an existing bot which logs into the #meteor channel and updates every time someone checks into the git project.
This might be a time where we need to just stand up and act. Let’s make a channel bot for #meteor and give it the functionality that it needs to help the community and the channel operators to succeed. Let’s start running the channel the way it is meant to be run. Then, once we have shown a bit of progress, let’s get the current channel owners (n1mmy, deberg, gschmidt) and show them that this is an important part of the community. Why ask for permissions when we basically have the full rights to just handle what we need right now? Sure, having operator status is a helpful tool for banning bots and for changing statuses. But really, let’s show value then let’s act to change the policy.