I'm opening this here because it seems too important to be discussed on Slack only to disappear in a few days due to its 10,000 message limit (not being able to see past last 10,000 messages unless premium membership is paid which at our current number of 828 Slack users would cost us 5522.76$ per month) and this limit is exactly why I'm opening this thread.
If the decision is to not pay premium Slack to see complete view of all our thoughts related to IOTA, I believe the only reasonable thing is to search for further alternatives - as crazy it might seem to migrate for the third time (Iota community previously used Ryver and Rocket.Chat) - it is still better than to constantly live in "Groundhog Day" mode on Slack. As much as Slack is slick, smooth and well designed, the main feeling of using free version of Slack in a project such as IOTA is one of being constantly lobotomized. E.g. https://iotatangle.slack.com/messages/research/ is empty which seems totally unacceptable. Even if we never migrate away from Slack, it would be much much better to totally redirect all research and other similar important channels to this forum.
So, until communication infrastructures based on IOTA MaM arise, let's discuss alternatives here!
My thinking is to use open standards and protocols like XMPP or IRC with some logging server (Dom also mentioned IRC, not sure if jokingly).
XMPP has a lot of useful stuff developed around it which is why it might be even more apt than IRC:
One alternative/competitor to XMPP to consider is Matrix which looks a bit more centralized from what I've read on HN (even though they brand themselves as "decentralized" communication system). Their Slack clone is https://vector.im/. Matrix looks good on paper, it has tons of implementations and integrations as seen on https://matrix.org/docs/projects/try-matrix-now.html, seems to be integrating with all the "modern" stuff, looks sophisticated and easy-to-use. It has "optional end-to-end encryption". Some prominent projects already use public communications there: https://vector.im/beta/#/directory
Maybe we could even use both of those protocols for our communication and perhaps one day they themselves might consider using some features of IOTA for some of their purposes.
Please share your thoughts!