@sir What's easy and simple for you may not be for others. Interfaces may be perplexing for some; channel discovery, etc.
It sounds like you've worked with it for some time; I have as well for close to a decade. It doesn't dismiss that if you want people in; you have to reach out to where they are at times.
I am having a great time with matrix! you can message in markdown, have a group call, optionally host your own server, and it uses double ratchet (signal's encryption).
If you wanna derp around and check it out, I suggest you download the app riot.im, and if you want I run a server at whomst.online :>
@wowaname @f0x @the_gayest_doggo @jalcine @sir Have you looked at the IRCv3 spec? I don't think it has a bad approach to backwards compatibility. As for the issue of features like voice/video, my mentality is that a chat protocol shouldn't be a monolith in terms of capabilities. If you need those features, bring in another piece of software to supplement it, like Mumble
I am able to moderate rooms just fine, I have been able to boot users, set themes, and control the use or non use of encryption.
Attached is a screenshot of the UI allowing me to group rooms by priority.
Run ejabberd or prosody with whatever ungodly mess of unmaintained XEPs you need to do jitsi and it will probably take up similar resources, and even if it doesn't matrix is still going to be more reliable in feature set between servers.
Personally I found prosody leagues more complicated to install and set up than synapse; but in the end my biggest gripe with xmpp is that you can't rely on being able to do normal chat things like send a meme or encrypt communication (OTR is ass admit it).
@jalcine @sir @jakob
Matrix, ie. Riot.im, is a very solid Slack alternative, which is seeing increasing pickup within the FOSS community in particular. And it bridges with IRC, so you can connect to existing IM discussion communities easily too.
It's entirely FOSS, *and* is a distributed protocol, which I'm presuming us folks here on the Fediverse agree is generally the right approach!
"I appreciate SDF but it's a general-purpose server and the name doesn't make it obvious that it's about art." - Eugen Rochko