bouncers like are useful for the tiny niche of people who want their IRC presence to be separate from their client connections and to use different native irc clients without persistent backends. I use , , and on various devices with znc, and it works really well.

People who like clients such as thelounge.chat and weechat relays are already using bouncers, they're just integrated into the system.

I poked around a few months ago on the olden networks - IRCnet, EFnet, Undernet... The channel lists are just amazing dumpster fires, but what really bothered me is that I'd join a fairly populated channel and nobody would be talking. They're complete ghost towns.

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I am a long time aficionado, but I've been reading the protocol, and... I don't hate it. It fixes a lot of the problems with without introducing many new ones. I'm not super excited about http-all-the-things and json protocols, but it seems solid otherwise.

I don't think I'll really know how I feel about it unless I write a client for it.

I dropped my client onto github today! It's 1000sloc of /Tk for the core, plus a bunch of plugins. I've been using it as my primary client for the past couple of years, so it's well-used.

It's not for everyone, but I'd say it's one of the most hackable clients out there.

github.com/dlowe-net/irken

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