in the great freenode exodus of 2021, all the open-source projects and general nerd hangout channels will flock to...

To me, the main point of this poll is that Gitter was created for exactly this use and nobody will ever use it.
I was talking to one of the founders, Andrew, a few years ago (after being acquired by Gitlab, but before being sold again to Element/Matrix) and he was lamenting about how hard it is to make people show up, no matter how perfect the features were.
You can build it, but they won't come. They'll just scratch on in the obscure, hard-to-use conversation pits because the gravity well is too much to overcome.

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I know it’s a dirty word and all, but minus a unicorn here and there, having the best features doesn’t attract people.

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