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Why not just use e-mail mailing lists instead?

You get great apps for all devices (e-mail clients), notifications, encrypted direct messages, ability to send images/binaries/whatever, threaded communication, search, censorship resistance, filters, etc.

I imagine most people use both [a combination of chat and email].

Real time chat channels are much better for fast moving ephemeral discussions and neither would I want that sort of thing in my inbox.

Even in the late 90s when we had IRC, ICQ, and AIM for realtime chats.

In 2015, it's trendy to use things that aren't email.

That hardly started happening just now in 2015. I absolutely loathe using email, but I don't speak for everyone.

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