[kde-community] Telegram Relay Service

Boudhayan Gupta bgupta at kde.org
Sat May 7 18:47:46 BST 2016

Hi all,

I just want to clear up some of the confusion regarding this service.

This relay exists only to bridge people who can't, or won't, for some
reason use IRC. KDE Sysadmin, at the very least, neither endorses nor
condemns the use of Telegram.

IRC is a de-facto standard for communications within the free software
world. The protocol is an open standard, and the service we use to
host our channels (Freenode) is well trusted. As far as Sysadmin is
concerned, we will only officially support IRC channels. We will not
register Telegram groups on behalf of KDE and hold admin rights on
them, the way we do for IRC channels. Any Telegram group created for
the purpose of discussions within KDE contributors is not "official",
in the sense it is not supported by KDE Sysadmin in any way. Admin
rights are also held by individuals, not KDE.

Groups which use only Telegram to communicate and not have an IRC
channel are strongly recommended to ask for an IRC channel and request
that the Telegram group and the IRC channel be bridged, so that the
vast majority of people in the KDE community who use only IRC and are
uncomfortable with using Telegram are not excluded from what should be
open discussions.

The purpose of this service is to be inclusive to people who can't or
won't use IRC. It is not to exclude IRC users who can't or won't use

Bouudhayan Gupta

On 7 May 2016 at 18:17, R.Harish Navnit <harishnavnit at gmail.com> wrote:
> Hi,
> Just wanted to add here that having telegram bot synced with your IRC
> channel really works for me. I think it's the easiest way for me(and
> probably for most newbies too) to always stay connected and keep track
> of the logs.
> I cannot afford a server yet which means I'm disconnected most of the
> times and because we have members in the community from varying
> timezones, I feel this is a huge drawback. Of course, I don't expect
> everyone to have/afford a server and so far, I feel syncing telegram
> to an IRC channel is the easiest, if not the best(probably not the
> best, admittedly) way to stay connected.
> Kudos from my side. Infact, I just filed a ticket to register
> #kde-publictransport as an official KDE channel and a telegram relay
> service for the channel too.
> Cheers.
> Harish
> On Sat, May 7, 2016 at 5:57 PM, Nicolás Alvarez
> <nicolas.alvarez at gmail.com> wrote:
>>> El 7 may 2016, a las 07:26, Myriam Schweingruber <myriam at kde.org> escribió:
>>> Also, Telegram is
>>> intrusive, as the web client only works if you have it running on your
>>> phone as well, which eats up battery life to no end,
>> This is not true. The web client connects directly to Telegram in the same way as the phone client or the desktop client. It doesn't need your phone active. It doesn't even need the app installed on your phone (not sure about first-time signup).
>> WhatsApp Web does everything through your phone (and people hate it). Telegram Web doesn't.
>>> and the breach of
>>> privacy because you have to share your private phone number with
>>> people you don't know in RL,
>> People can contact you via your "alias" without needing your phone number, in which case they won't see your phone number either. You can also join a group whether you have an alias name or not, and others in the group will not see your phone number (unless they already have it in their contacts).
>> I don't disagree with your other points, just avoiding misinformation on the above two.
>> --
>> Nicolás
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