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h1. CommunityAndContact The Replicant community has several places where people interact together. h2. Mailing list Most Replicant developers are on the mailing list, as it is also used to review patches. Many non-developers that are contributors or that don't contribute to Replicant are also on the mailing list. It's being used for many things: * Ask questions about Replicant, discuss about issues, etc. * Discuss about Replicant in general. * Discuss about Replicant contributions and development * Review patches The volume is moderate but there are sometimes spikes due to the to a huge patch set being sent. To register you can use the "Mailman interface":https://lists.osuosl.org/mailman/listinfo/replicant . That interface also has a non-searchable archive of the list. Alternatively, there is also a "searchable archive":https://email@example.com of this list. h2. Forums The "Replicant forums":https://redmine.replicant.us/projects/replicant/boards are used for similar things than the mailing list, however: * Patches are not reviewed on the forums * Less developers tend to be active on the forums h2. IRC Most Replicant developers and contributors, as well as people who are interested in our project, are present on the Replicant IRC channel(s). People from other communities are also there as we collaborate on various things, like adding support for devices in Upstream Linux. IRC, or "Internet Relay Chat":https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Internet_Relay_Chat/, is our most ephemeral communication platform, in the sense that we do not publish "message logs":https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Log_file#Message_logs of the channel, nor are we aware of anyone else that unofficially does so. It is, however, common for channel participants to collect and store IRC message logs on their local machines or a VPS to catch up on recently missed conversations and to search older messages by keyword to help remember details of past discussions. In practice, Replicant has three IRC channels, hosted on three separate IRC chat servers, but it appears as through there is only one channel since they are all bridged together. Bridged means that a user can join only one of the channels and send and receive messages with users on all the other channels because all messages are forwarded across every channel. Our three IRC Channels are: * #replicant on "Freenode":https://freenode.net/ * #replicant on "OFTC":https://oftc.net/ * #replicant on "HackInt":https://hackint.org Replicant has taken a number of steps in order to ensure that "Tor":https://torproject.org/ users who want to connect to our IRC channel are not discriminated against. Due to Freenode's policies, users who wish to regularly connect and engage with our Freenode IRC channel via "Tor":https://torproject.org/ need to use the "SASL":https://freenode.net/kb/answer/sasl (Simple Authentication and Security Layer) framework for authentication every time they connect to Freenode's server and comply with a couple other restrictions that Freenode outlines "here":https://freenode.net/news/tor-online/. Additionally, they require all new Freenode accounts to be created over the "clearnet":https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Clearnet_(networking), which allows them to tie their user's personal IP addresses to every account on their network. Since the personal identity of a user internet services can often be determined simply identify users by acquiring that user's their IP address, we recommend that users who want to preserve their anonymity not create a Freenode account. Even though the Freenode IRC channel was our first IRC channel, we decided that their policies against Tor users didn't meet all of our users' anonymity needs. In order to address this, Replicant created a second IRC channel on the OFTC chat server. As they clearly state "here":https://www.oftc.net/Tor/, OFTC "does not require users to first connect in the "clear":https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Clearnet_(networking) and register with services to allow connecting via Tor". While OFTC was an improvement in some ways over Freenode, OFTC doesn't have an officially supported "Tor onion service":https://support.torproject.org/onionservices/, so Tor users that require the utilization of such a feature can't connect to OFTC's server. Since the "HackInt":https://hackint.org IRC server both allows anonymous connections via officially supported "Tor onion services":https://support.torproject.org/onionservices/ and allows users to register accounts while using Tor onion services, we recently created a bridged IRC channel on their server. As an added benefit, HackInt also utilizes a privacy preserving "Hashcash":https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hashcash implementation instead of a "CAPTCHA":https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/CAPTCHA as is explained "here":https://hackint.org/transport/tor/. h2. Matrix room There is a Matrix room which is bridged to all three of our IRC channels. Our Matrix room is: * "#freenode_#replicant:matrix.org":https://app.element.io/#/room/#freenode_#replicant:matrix.org The room was first created in 2015 through a partnership between Freenode and Matrix.org, which you can read about in this "blog post":https://www.matrix.org/blog/2015/06/22/the-matrix-org-irc-bridge-now-bridges-all-of-freenode/. A "Matrix client":https://matrix.org/clients/ is needed in order to connect to Replicant's Matrix room. Please note that while Replicant's Matrix room name above, when clicked, links to "Matrix.org's":https://Matrix.org/ hosted instance of the "Element web client":https://github.com/vector-im/element-web/, it does not mean that the Replicant project endorses this Matrix client or Matrix server host above any other Matrix client or Matrix server host. h2. XMPP Multi-User Chat There is an "XMPP MUC":https://xmpp.org/extensions/xep-0045.html which is bridged to our Freenode IRC channel. The bridged XMPP MUC is: * @#firstname.lastname@example.org@ h2. Private contact address We also have a private contact address for the project, for inquiries that are private / confidential. Very few people receive that list, and the ones that do tend to be very busy. So if your question can be answered on the "mailing list":https://lists.osuosl.org/mailman/listinfo/replicant, please use the mailing list. Unless you are writing about an explicitly private matter, we will likely advise you to write to the mailing list as we want to respond publicly when answering inquires as often as possible. We also won't forward your mail to the mailing list ourselves as otherwise we could mistakenly publish information that you wanted to keep private. See the [[PrivateContact]] page for use case and on how to use such contact address. If you didn't manage to register to the mailing list, or if it doesn't work for you for some reasons, it's still possible to send a mail to the mailing list address without being registered. In that case we will be notified about it and we will be able to make it go through by manually going to the mailing list interface.