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> Virtually none of the functionality they provide couldn't be replicated this way

And as always, there is a huge gap between "X is just A+B+C" and "Here is an actual X". Slack may have not done anything on the transport side, but they did make the client better. AFAIK the only IRC client with full text search on the whole history, with support for files and images, is irccloud.com. That's not a lot. I wouldn't say IRC does everything Slack does.

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