Written by ethana2 the 24 Jul 08 at 20:05.
At around one thousand four hundred people in it 24/7, #ubuntu may be the most populous irc channel in the history of mankind. It's so noisy I don't see how anyone ever gets help. Most of the time people just get scared and go to #ubuntu-offtopic or something (guilty)... Without extraneous join/part hiding in pidgin, I'd never even bother with it.
More problems come when you go to try to figure out how it should be split.
I propose #ubuntu and #ubuntu-x64 for a start, and all of you probably have better ideas. Put 'em here. Also, I'd like to know if others observe this to be as much of a problem as I do.
Ubuntu has the largest support community on earth, and as it continues to grow, it's going to need to adapt its community structure to that growth. The longer we wait, the more people in need of help we scare off.
I considered time zone and location, but it would need to be done in a way that makes sense with languages.
Maybe to determine this we should figure out how big an irc channel should be to be optimally effective?
200, perhaps? That is to say, if you had lojban ubuntu users all over the world, they just get a language channel, but with, say, english, it could go by city. That may also encourage community participation and such...
Basically using the current ubuntu loco channels for all local support?