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Video calls are sync, but interactive. Chat is async, but not so interactive. What if we figure out a middle ground? One idea is to use something like gotty+tmux+tmate in order to demo something, while talking about it in Zulip. I wish Zulip had Doom-like "push to talk" audio.
@Sridhar Ratnakumar you might find these two links interesting:
https://yap.chat/ : sync text chat. This is the closest thing I've seen to a verbal conversation, but in text. It's ephemeral
https://pagernation.com/ : push to talk voice messages, with message history. Ephemeral after restarting the session
As for showing a demo and discussing it, I personally prefer the usual jitsi format
I found spatial chat the other day and that can help with branching conversations more naturally!
I must say I really enjoy the new ZuriHac being totally virtual, in Discord. There are various audio channels, too, which one can join as they wish, or continue in async chat. Awesome flexibility. I look forward to the YouTube streaming ...
I'll be catching up on it async, it's a very good idea though. I don't travel these days because of the climate crisis (and pandemic) but it's great to know that one could still participate from afar. :)
Travelling is a challenge for me (dietary restrictions); so that's another reason I look forward to the future being more virtual/remote.
async chat is also great for formulating thoughts better, talking to people live is more pressure and you can't take too much time to structure what you want to say