(Not sure if I chose right tags, please adjust if needed)
I suggest we stop bridging channels which are designed for support and social conversations.
Consolidating channels makes sense when we want everyone to have shared context. For example is we choose Fedora Meeting channel to run a meeting for a certain working group, we obviously would like all people to participate in the same meeting, no matter which messaging service we use.
For support or social channels though, the discussion is often split into disconnected pieces. So there is no technical requirement to keep all the conversations in one room.
At the same time there is a psychological benefit of having several different rooms:
By creating dedicated channels with smaller groups we give them the opportunity to grow as individual communities with slightly different atmosphere, to create their own set of local memes and connect better on a person-to-person basis.
Some of those rooms can be “mature” (not in terms of language, but in terms of knowledge, history and traditions of that group), some of them can be young and explore new stuff, create new own traditions.
We often see this happening around language communities: conversations in a non-english languages are usually less formal. But I think that it is not the language barrier which causes it, but rather the split out from the crowd into a smaller group creates different dynamics.
By keeping it all in one room we reduce the diversity of our community and create it as a more uniformal, normalized crowd.
Now, it is hard to come to an existing channel of 1000 people and tell them to split into two groups, and it probably doesn’t make sense, but the diversity of messaging applications already creates some natural splits in the community.
So, how about we:
- accept that bringing as many people as possible in one room may be not a good thing
- stop overconnecting chat groups and go for more chats with reasonable amount of members where that makes sense(*)
What do you think?
(*) - It doesn’t make sense to have two different chats dedicated to a specific working group.