Text Chat

  • “Gold Standard” seems to be Slack
  • Open-source, self-hosted alternative is Mattermost. Extremely similar UX to Slack.
  • Gamer-marketed Discord ticks most of the same boxes, but is designed for more open communities, and lacks video calls (but does voice calls just fine, and will handle screenshare for a limited number of attendees).
  • Open-source “slack-with-threads” is Zulip, wants to use a smaller number of channels with consistent team membership, and then create ad-hoc named threads (with their own history) to spin off discussions so that those conversations can be followed easier.

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Jamie Macey is a senior software engineer with over 15 years experience in the Ruby and Rails ecosystems, largely on the back-end.

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