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> 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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