The 10k message history in Slack is pretty inconvenient: one of our Google Summer of Code interns was attempting to view old messages from the Student Application Period a few months ago where we debated the specifics of the proposal and the reasoning behind them, as well as broader discussions of the tools in general. Unfortunately these messages were already gone.
Some of this discussion probably should have happened on the forum where the messages would have persisted and been searchable. But in general I think that we as an open source community should maintain our public history and that we should have ownership of that data. I remember when we transitioned from Google Groups to this forum that a lot of work was spent migrating that old history. I think that was time well spent, and its something we can't do with Slack.
I understand that Slack is the default choice for teamchat across the tech community. I also understand that moving the community away from a communication tool is a big and difficult task. I was hoping to discuss alternatives that would align more with our needs as an open source community and explore whether it would be worth it to switch.
Does anyone else feel the same way?