[Zeek] Official Zeek Community Slack Channel Poll

Jan Grashöfer jan.grashoefer at gmail.com
Wed Oct 16 06:18:53 PDT 2019

Hi Richard,

On 15/10/2019 15:46, Richard Bejtlich wrote:
> I checked it out via the Riot Web client, but I couldn't tell if the
> bridge with the #bro IRC channel worked or not. Furthermore, bridging the
> channel required having a registered nick with Freenode, which I had to
> re-activate. Eventually I was able to access Freenode using their Web chat,
> but I don't know if I was able to access #bro as it was quiet.

in fact it worked assuming you joined as taosecurity. However, you 
already followed an advanced approach by using a bridge to join the IRC 
channel. The fact that you required a registered nick is due to the fact 
that the #bro IRC channel has the +r mode.

> This is the sort of friction that causes new people to give up on chatting
> about Zeek. Slack at least makes it very easy for new users to learn about
> what happens in a channel.

So does Matrix, you just tried to join an IRC channel using Matrix. A 
Matrix room essentially works like a Slack channel. An IRC bridge is an 
additional feature to keep IRC folks in the loop (kind of backward 
compatibility if you like).

> Also, is there a concept of chat history in Matrix? That's one of the best
> features of Slack, in my opinion. Reading back through time is a great way
> to learn.

Of course Matrix rooms provide a history (e.g. I saw your test message 
although I was not part of the room when you sent it). Furthermore, 
there are different types of bridges. Without going into the details, I 
just created a room in Matrix (#zeek:matrix.org) and bridged it to 
#zeek-test on freenode. If you join that room via Matrix you have access 
to the complete history (including messages sent via IRC). If people 
would like to test additional integrations (Slack, GitHub, RSS, Gitter, 
Discord) just let me know.

The following link should bring you to the test room:


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