The #dataverse chat room has moved from IRC to Matrix!

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Philip Durbin

Jun 7, 2021, 11:06:51 AM6/7/21
The short version:

Since 2012 we've used the #dataverse channel on the Freenode IRC network to chat. On Friday I announced there that we've moved to Matrix, which you are very welcome to join from the link at

I'm attaching enough screenshots of the Matrix signup process to explain that to join you can create a dedicated account or sign in with GitHub, Google, GitLab, Facebook, or Apple accounts.

If you haven't tried before or in a while, I'd be happy for you to say hi and give feedback!

As before, you can preview the conversation without signing up. The new URL for previewing is


The long version (more of the story):

Two factors accelerated this move, which was probably long overdue, given that IRC is a technology from the 80s. :)

First, I was faced with doing something with our IRC log server which was running on ancient hardware. I ended up archiving those logs to GitHub Pages:

Second, I heard rumblings about a takeover at Freenode and many open source projects leaving ( ). While Freenode was the place to be for an open source project in 2012, I think Matrix will be a much better home in 2021 and beyond.

Thanks for reading. Looking forward to chatting!


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