Just wanted to let you know that after asking for permission, we’ve created an experimental Discord server for OCaml real-time discussions. Use this link to join.
Discord is becoming an extremely popular venue for online discussions, and our sister community ReasonML uses it quite regularly. We therefore thought it would be a good idea to at least try it out, and see what it allows for in terms of community development.
One of the attractive features of Discord is that it allows for rooms within the channel for isolated discussions. For example, ReasonML’s Discord server has rooms titled ‘look what i built’, ‘events and meetups’, and ‘bikeshedding’, among others. Rooms are cheap to create and obviously help focus discussions. We’d love some input on what kinds of rooms you’d like to see in the OCaml server. If you need a particular room for your project, please let us know.
Discord also supports the now-common web 2.0 upvotes and emoticons, reducing the amount of in-band communication needed.
Another nice feature of Discord is its ability to facilitate voice conversations if those are needed between members.
And of course, once you’re in the OCaml server, switching to ReasonML to say hi or answer questions is trivial.
Assuming that this server is a success, we can also consider running a bridge between the IRC channel and the Discord server. This would require creating a bot running on one of our OCaml machines, but is fairly trivial to do.