as much as i love IRC, it is distributed, not decentralized
May 21, 2017
12:50 AM EDT
Quoting:IRC's best strengths are as a decentralized and open communication method, making it easy for anyone to participate by running a network of their own
if you run your own IRC network, you will NOT be able to connect to other IRC networks. in other words, you will not be able to participate in an existing network that way.
IRC is distributed, but not decentralized. IRC networks are closed. to join the network you need to give access to your server to the existing IRC network administrators. and those administrators define which software you must run in order to be allowed in.
this is very different from eg. jabber/xmpp where you can run your own server and communicate with other servers without opening access to anyone else. you are free to run whatever server you want that speaks the xmpp protocol. at one point even google talk supported xmpp and you were able to talk to google talk users without joinng google yourself.
compare that to the requirements to join the Freenode IRC Network: http://freenode.net/support they even require root access on your server. and forget joining if your server is not located in a high bandwidth datacenter.
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