Crazy idea?

pidgin at pidgin at
Fri Apr 7 19:14:24 EDT 2017

I'll address that question in its time.

For now, though, I don't want to put the cart before the horse; addressing protocols (i.e. XMPP, SIP, OSCAR, etc.) while still talking about a service (akin to AIM, YIM, MSN, ICQ, etc.).

On Fri, 7 Apr 2017 pidgin at wrote:
> First try to answer this one question:
> How will your service be better than XMPP (which is an open protocol
> with several open-source implementations)?
> On 07-04-2017 18:03, pidgin at wrote:
>> For years I've contemplated starting an IM service.  The idea keeps
>> coming back to mind as all the big boys keep dropping out (or the
>> technical equivalent of dropping out), frustrating their users
>> (including myself).
>> I cannot, possibly, be the first person to have this thought, right?
>> Although I've never seen any such discussion here, at least from what
>> I can find.
>> I would think the smartest way for such a thing to be successful
>> would be to make it as compatible as possible with third-party
>> software, such as Pidgin.
>> I don't have the programming chops to undertake this all by myself,
>> so I'd need to hire outsource programmers.
>> I have some specific ideas of format and features, but before I get
>> into all that, I'd like some general feedback; feasibility,
>> technicalities, economics of the idea, etc.  Maybe I *am* crazy, but
>> you never know, 'til you ask.
>> (Apologies, in advance, that this isn't a true support inquiry, but
>> since, at this point, it's mostly a technical inquiry, this was the
>> best forum I could think of.)

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