I really don't get the accessibility issues people claim to have with IRC.

You need a server name, a nick name and a channel name.

Three(!) settings and you're all set. Two of which (server & channel) can be encoded in a link you can simply click on. Which leaves us with: you need to pick a nick-name to partake on IRC.

So really... picking a nick-name is considered an accessibility issue these days?

@fribbledom My biggest "accessibility" issue with IRC is the instinctive "oh my gah I do *not* want to deal with IRC culture" reaction.

(Yeah, yeah, *everybody* says "oh but this channel is different, it's really FRIENDLY" and I never know if they're right or they've just stopped noticing. 95% of the time it's the latter.)

@gamehawk @fribbledom almost like telling me to go to a reddit. Yes, I’m sure everyone in X reddit is lovely, but I’m not going to risk it.

@edebill @fribbledom Reddit was once described to me as a really fun house party where everyone in the upstairs rooms said, "Well of course you should never go into the basement, it's full of axe murderers and rapists" and looked at you funny when you questioned whether it was really a good house to hold a party at.

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@gamehawk @fribbledom if a platform has such persistent problems that it gets a reputation like that, then it lacks some sort of structural tools or safeguards needed to make it safe. It seems like it is a common failing when systems that work for smaller groups try to scale up. Culture aside, a lot of the things people have done with IRC over the years seem really ripe for abuse.

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