I find the forums here not really well suited and prefer irc. Wouldn’t it be possible to just let #letsencrypt on irc run but make it clear in the channel topic that it’s an unofficial channel?
I know, that’s why I make this post. Lets continue the channel as unofficial channel. No need for closing it down.
I think an unmoderated “unofficial” channel would do more harm than good. IRC requires constant moderation to keep conversations on-topic and in-keeping with our community guidelines.
Can you expand on what you find isn’t well suited about the community forums?
Forums are just one big pita. and if everyone would do just forums it would require me to follow countless stuff… IRC just just way more convenient.
These seem like personal opinions. The community forums have more activity than the IRC channel did, are easier to moderate, easier to join/use, and leave a persistent record that other people can reference.
I’m sorry that you don’t find the community forums as convenient to use as IRC was but I still believe this was the right decision and that an unofficial IRC channel wouldn’t be justified.
There’s still no good reason to not let an unofficial channel continue to live. there’s plenty of people still in the irc channel.
I already gave you a good reason:
You’re of course free to create whatever IRC channels you want within the Freenode policies. If its “unofficial” you don’t need a blessing from Let’s Encrypt.