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Pretty sure I heard somewhere that Slack uses a modified IRC bouncer (e.g., ZNC[0]) to implement accounts. Could be wrong about that, but if that is in fact the case, this whole Slack vs. IRC debate would take on a whole new level of absurdity.

[0]: http://wiki.znc.in/ZNC

Slack has never been about the underlying tech (which may well be IRC), it's all about the polish. A lot of comments I see here about Slack remind me of the infamous "you can already build such a system yourself quite trivially by getting an FTP account, mounting it locally with curlftpfs, and then using SVN or CVS on the mounted filesystem" ( https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=9224 ).

> Slack has never been about the underlying tech (which may well be IRC)

Yes, and that's the gripe with Slack - because it should be IRC underneath, but it isn't. Instead of using an open, standard protocol they fragmented the communications space even further.

But yeah, that's how SV rolls these days. Locking people in.

Slack offers both an IRC and an XMPP interface. I don't think it would be possible to implement all the functionality over IRC. I do agree that the protocol should be an open standard though.

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