[llvm-dev] Fwd: RFC: Moving toward Discord and Discourse for LLVM's discussions

Matthew Hodgson via llvm-dev llvm-dev at lists.llvm.org
Tue Nov 19 10:56:59 PST 2019

In our experience, the fact that IRC is niche and relatively 
inaccessible and lo-fi means that it's much less likely to suffer abuse; 
it's effectively security through obscurity.  However, if you want to 
expand your community to be more accessible and inclusive, then by 
definition you make it easier for bad actors to enter and participate as 
well as constructive participants.  Throw in richer content such as 
images, videos, avatars, file transfer, large messages, etc and sadly 
you find yourself needing better moderation tools.  ymmv of course.

On 19/11/2019 18:30, Zachary Turner wrote:
>   What I'm curious about is how often that level of control over 
> moderation has been needed in the past with our IRC.  I certainly 
> agree that it's missing many moderation features, I'm just not yet 
> convinced that we need those moderation features.
> Redactions (Removing Messages) - We can't do that with IRC either
> Managing Abusive Display Names / Avatars - We can kick people from the 
> Slack
> Power levels / Roles - IRC has this in very limited capacity, but I 
> don't believe we've ever needed anything other than "normal user" and 
> "admin".  Slack has that.
> Kicking and banning users - Slack has this
> (I don't know what the rest of the topics are about under Moderating 
> Rooms)
> Consenting to Terms and Conditions - IRC doesn't have this
> Removing users, rooms and content - Slack Admins can do this
> Banning clients by IP - We probably don't want to do this anyway as it 
> could cause an entire organization to be banned
> Reporting bad content  - Discord doesn't do this
> Blocking users  - This one seems valid, Discord does allow you to do 
> this and so does IRC.  I actually don't know if Slack does.
> On Tue, Nov 19, 2019 at 10:03 AM Matthew Hodgson via llvm-dev 
> <llvm-dev at lists.llvm.org <mailto:llvm-dev at lists.llvm.org>> wrote:
>     Slack's community moderation features are pretty terrible - it's
>     simply not set up for managing public-facing communities; it's set
>     up for managing private workplace team collaboration.  The best
>     way to try to explain the features which are missing are to look
>     at something like the Matrix moderation guide
>     (https://matrix.org/docs/guides/moderation/); many of these
>     features are missing in Slack.
>     On 19/11/2019 17:51, Zachary Turner via llvm-dev wrote:
>>     I suspected it may be related to Discord's heavy emphasis on
>>     role-based permissions, but it would be good to get an official
>>     answer.  Slack definitely does have administrators, and
>>     Administrators can kick people out of the slack, which...  might
>>     be sufficient? I don't know . From a usability standpoint,
>>     Discord is vastly inferior to Slack so I think it's worth doing
>>     this comparison
>>     On Tue, Nov 19, 2019 at 7:38 AM Finkel, Hal J. <hfinkel at anl.gov
>>     <mailto:hfinkel at anl.gov>> wrote:
>>         On 11/19/19 9:09 AM, Zachary Turner via llvm-dev wrote:
>>>         Note there is also Slack, which does not have these
>>>         problems.  Not sure why that keeps being overlooked
>>         My understanding is this is because Slack does not have good
>>         moderation tools. I'm unfamiliar with further details in this
>>         regard.
>>          -Hal
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