Matrix chat Summary – August 17, 2023
The meeting was conducted on #meta channel of the Make WordPress Slack and on Matrix in the room
#meta:community.wordpress.org in parallel. This was enabled by our new Slack Slack is a Collaborative Group Chat Platform https://slack.com/. The WordPress community has its own Slack Channel at https://make.wordpress.org/chat/./Matrix bridge.
This meeting was essentially an open floor to discuss or answer anything Matrix related.
Main points that were brought up were:
Timeline on switching to Matrix
We don’t have a defined timeline, but the accessibility team recently tested Matrix and we would be working with them to define what accessibility Accessibility (commonly shortened to a11y) refers to the design of products, devices, services, or environments for people with disabilities. The concept of accessible design ensures both “direct access” (i.e. unassisted) and “indirect access” meaning compatibility with a person’s assistive technology (for example, computer screen readers). (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Accessibility) standards Matrix must meet before we can consider a full switch to Matrix.
Migrating messages in private Slack channels
We discussed the browser extensions we presented earlier as means of obtaining a copy of private messages. We couldn’t process private messages since they are not included in Slack export and there are privacy concerns in handling them. We talked about it being theoretically possible for one of the participating members of a private channel to export messages using the browser extension and an import tool capable of processing that data to import messages in a room to which other members can be invited afterwards. Messages would be posted as ghost user and not actual authors since private rooms require encrypting messages with keys only the account holders possess.
Migrating Slack integrations/bots
All Slack integrations/bots’ messages make it to Matrix today, thanks to the bridge. We would be rewriting these integrations on Matrix side, before turning them off from Slack side.
Any issues related to Matrix can be reported on Meta’s Trac under Communication (Matrix, Slack, IRC) component. Next meeting would be conducted on August 31st, 10 AM UTC.