Dear All and MayFirst tech team:
we in Science for the People use Slack a lot and some of us (including myself) dream of migrating to a non-corporate platform for a while now. We explored Element (formerly Riot: https://element.io/), a very promising piece of software with a solid end-to-end encryption and features like video calls integrated (based on Jitsi, as I understand it), but it is not super mature yet and sometimes a little glitchy and the UI not as clean and user friendly as is Slack and Mattermost. But the backend technology seems (to me as a lay person) quite sophisticated. We also explored Mattermost and that seems a very mature replacement for Slack. While we would prefer a software that offers what Element aims at offering, the pragmatic choice at this point would probably be Mattermost.
So I wanted to ask the community two things:
- do people have experience with either or both? Opinions on them?
- would it be possible for MayFirst to host an instance of either? Probably preferably Mattermost given the above reasons?
I think offering a replacement for Slack would help our movement a lot, I am active in many other grass-root orgs and I see Slack being uses almost everywhere - with the exception of Extinction Rebellion who host their own instance of Mattermost.
All the best wishes,