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Jun ’13

e107 Community Meeting, Number 1

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Hello everyone! As was announced in this thread, we're going to be holding Community Meetings in IRC (##e107-community on the Freenode server). For now they will be just a fun get together for the community to talk about various e107 related things. The topics for discussion will be picked out prior to the meeting, but that doesn't mean it has to stay on topic! Occasionally we'll have developers stop by and answer any questions you may have regarding the development of both branches (v1 and v2) of e107.

The first meeting will take place on July 10th at 4PM GMT. For a quick countdown you can take a look at this page. The topics are as follows:

  • Introductions. Introduce yourself the the community. Who you are, what you do, what you use e107 for, etc.
  • How you found e107. What caught your eye and made you pick e107 over something else.
  • If you migrated from another CMS, why? What CMS did you migrate from?
  • What are you most looking forward to in v2? What are you not looking forward to?

As I mentioned above the meetings will be taking place in ##e107-community on the Freenode network. IRC is extremely versatile in that you can connect to the channel via a website or many standalone programs, browser extensions, and mobile apps. See below for an extensive list.

Standalone programs are generally the most feature rich:

  • mIRC (Windows, shareware/free trial)
  • XChat (Windows, shareware/free trial - Linux, free)
  • HexChat (Windows/Linux, free)
  • XChat-2 (Windows,Linux?, free)
  • irssi (Windows/Linux/Mac, free)
  • Colloquy (Mac, free)

Some popular IM programs offer the ability to connect to an IRC server:

If you don't want to install an IM program or a standalone program, you can try these browser plugins:

  • CIRC (Chrome)
  • ChatZilla (Firefox)
  • Opera has built in IRC functionality.
  • I didn't bother looking up an IRC plugin for Internet Explorer, because let's be honest...

And finally, if you'd rather just use your smartphone or tablet:

If you cannot configure your client, app, or plugin feel free to leave a comment below and I or someone else will surely assist you. There are no "best" of any of them, it all boils down to which you like the most. If you don't plan on using IRC for much, or you don't want to mess with configuring something, your best bet may be to just use the web client mentioned above. Likewise, if you use one of the mentioned IM programs you can always just configure the IRC protocol.

If you already have an IRC client (or whatever), you can join us very easily by issuing the following commands:

/join ##e107-community

Additionally, you can navigate to this address in your browser and it will launch your default IRC client and automatically connect you to the server and join you to the channel:

Finally, if you miss any meetings the logs will be getting posted on the e107cmn repo on my GitHub page here. Just locate the date of the meeting and read away. If you are interested in helping us maintain the logs and have a GitHub account contact me directly and I'll provide you with commit access to the mentioned repo. I'm working on a more convenient way for logging the meetings, but I'm not ready to announce what it is just yet. Stay tuned for more information on that!