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IRC and XMPP have the same weakness: no server side persistence.

Don't answer "bouncers" for IRC. It is an ugly hack. With XMPP the server MAY provide history, which makes it unreliable.

Bouncers. They aren't an ugly hack, are easy to deploy, and make the experience way better. I'd prefer to host that sort of thing on my own infra, too.

xmpp is a protocol, it doesn't make any sense to say that it doesn't have server side persistence. Lots of servers that implement XMPP persist chats.

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