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You can now access a summarized transcript on the blog at

Campfire Room:

@Spolsky sent out a tweet inviting his followers to participate in a quick chat regarding the VC situation. This appears to be the first public semi-official use of Campfire by the SO team. Notable guests were:

  1. Joel Spolsky
  2. Brent Ozar
  3. Robert Cartaino
  4. Geoff Dalgas

Is this a sign of some sort - is SO publicly acknowledge an adoption of Chat-style communication with the community, or was this merely a unique occurrence.

Another question would be whether you were able to make it, and what you thought of the experience? Was it too busy, too loose, very informative, comfortable?

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I stopped following Joel because all he said was "jam" – juanformoso May 4 '10 at 19:49
$10 Welbog is going to claim IRC is better than Campfire! – Ivo Flipse May 4 '10 at 19:59
@ivo – juanformoso May 4 '10 at 20:00
Meh. Without all the blather, doesn't really give much of an idea of how CF would work in The Real World... – Shog9 May 6 '10 at 3:18
How does one create an account there? I have only the option to sign in with an existing account. – fretje May 6 '10 at 9:03
@Ivo Smoke signals are better than Campfire. – alex May 6 '10 at 9:18

I watched it for a little while - it was pretty chaotic. I was mainly interested in the team's replies to people's questions. It would be nice if someone could post a transcript of the conversation so I can read it later - the scrollback appears to only go so far. It might have been better if Joel set up a Stack Exchange for questions about the deal and answered them that way.

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yeah I didn't think this was planned well. Just MHO. Not the way I would have done it. – Jeff Atwood May 4 '10 at 19:45
It was on topic for a while...but now it's a bit deviated. – Sampson May 4 '10 at 19:51
A chat with more than 3 people always results in chaotic – Eduardo Molteni May 4 '10 at 20:23

I get kicked out of the room

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Are you "Jeff Atwood"? Somebody kept trying to occupy that name. As a result, the room was locked (no more occupants permitted). – Sampson May 4 '10 at 19:52
If I were Jeff Atwood, I wouldn't be here. I'd take the $6M and head to the Bahamas – juanformoso May 4 '10 at 19:56
Is this supposed to be a public thing? – Pëkka May 4 '10 at 20:00
Is this supposed to be a preview of how things will work on stackexchange 2.0? – juanformoso May 4 '10 at 20:01
No, I don't believe so. This event uses a medium that SE2.0 will also (possibly) use, but it doesn't necessarily follow that the results will be the same. – Sampson May 4 '10 at 20:05

I quite enjoyed the chat, but as usual when a lot of people chat, the signal-to-noise ratio was very low. Someone mentioned that (possible) future chats should use OpenID to identift SO users, and I think that would be a great idea.

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