Chat bridge across to Telegram

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As per request from a community member, we’ve bridged our main chat room ( on #Matrix and #feneas on #Freenode) over to #Telegram. You’ll find it at

Before deciding to do this, we had a vote which passed 3 in favour, 1 against. There was enthusiastic discussion about this. Some people had concerns over promoting centralized services, however many people saw the benefits of enabling people on the centralized services to get involved on the #federated web via the tools they currently use.

We believe bridging is a good way to provide community tools like chat rooms, ensuring people can participate using the the tools they have at their disposal. For anyone looking for a chat tool, we do recommend using the #FOSS and #decentralized options out there, for example Matrix, #IRC or #XMPP - to name a few. We hope to convert some of the people on the Telegram side of the chat room to do so in the future :slight_smile:

Our chat room currently has a few hundred people from all around the federated web. Looking forward to seeing you there too!


I wish the vote and discussion would have been in a more accessible place like this forum.

Does Feneas have official XMPP groups or a Biboumi instance or what is the recommendation?

For some people this is more accessible, for some people not. For example this forum has only ~50 users, while the chat room has over 200. Additionally the bridge does not concern this forum, but only the chat room. As such, it felt like a better place to gather feedback on the bridge than this forum, since the decision was only for that room, not as a generic “bridge all things Feneas” like we have in regards to Freenode.

Thanks for the feedback though. Maybe next time in a similar situation we can gather votes from both?

The current active people spending their time on things Feneas don’t use XMPP enough that we would have set up official groups or a server. It would be great to have that happen though! Would you be interested in working on that?

The recommendation of XMPP over a centralized service was more of a pointer towards our FOSS manifesto.

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