It's the closest I've seen to being a Slack replacement.
A programming channel I'm always on: https://qchat.rizon.net/?channels=#/g/dpt
I use irssi, though. I honestly haven't thought about changing tools for IRC for at least ten years. It's basically perfect.
"IMPORTANT NOTE: We have temporarily suspended all signups to make way for some new developments and fixes. We understand your frustration. Thank you for your support!"
And the benefits each fork has generally is extra non-standard modes, which complicates work on the client-side.
For instance, +q is a channel owner (= someone very powerful) on UnrealIRC, but it's a muted user (= kind of a ban) on ircd-seven
EDIT: Also, there's work on getting modern irc server features added to the protocol, which could possibly standardize those additional modes. https://ircv3.net/
But it's not if you accidentally make someone an owner instead of muting them.
> EDIT: Also, there's work on getting modern irc server features added to the protocol, which could possibly standardize those additional modes. https://ircv3.net/
Yeah, the IRCv3 Working Group is doing great work