[Zeek] Communication channels

Stuart H stu.h at live.com
Thu Oct 10 14:07:48 PDT 2019

After Amber’s talk today at ZeekWeek I thought I’d pitch in some ideas to help build the community.

I think there are a few types of interaction the community has, there may be others:

  *   Asking questions
  *   Reporting bugs
  *   Announcing things

Asking questions - We could use some form of group instant messenger or more of a forum style platform. Group instant messengers include Slack, Discord, Rocket chat, Discourse etc. The key thing is to make barrier to entry low, while I use IRC it’s not exactly user friendly. Forum style platforms include Stackexchange, Discourse etc. – I see these as replacements for the Mailing list which may find difficult to use, search etc.

Reporting bug – I guess we should be using GitHub to report the actual bug but normally you need troubleshoot by asking questions or chatting.

Announcing things – Perhaps some sort of distribution list that you subscribe to? Or perhaps just pinning topics on the forum platform?

From what I’ve looked at so far Discourse looks pretty good and for open source projects you can apply for free hosting: https://blog.discourse.org/2018/11/free-hosting-for-open-source-v2/

What do you think? Any more thoughts?


From: <zeek-bounces at zeek.org> on behalf of Amber Graner <akgraner at corelight.com>
Date: Monday, 3 June 2019 at 14:35
To: Woot4moo <tscheponik at gmail.com>
Cc: zeek <zeek at zeek.org>
Subject: Re: [Zeek] Communication channels

I’ll research some options and ask for the LT to review at the next meeting.

Please continue to add your your thoughts.


On Mon, Jun 3, 2019 at 7:34 AM Woot4moo <tscheponik at gmail.com<mailto:tscheponik at gmail.com>> wrote:
Agree. While giphy integration is a good time killer, I am far more interested in modern amenities such as threads and history. I presume Matrix would get us there or could be close with some pull requests.

On Mon, Jun 3, 2019 at 8:24 AM Mark Gardner <mkg at vt.edu<mailto:mkg at vt.edu>> wrote:
On Sun, Jun 2, 2019 at 11:45 AM anthony kasza <anthony.kasza at gmail.com<mailto:anthony.kasza at gmail.com>> wrote:
I don't use the IRC channel but I would lurk in a Zeek Slack channel.

Please choose an open standard rather than a walled garden. Someone above suggested Matrix as a possibility.
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