I’m going to chime in on this.
For those of you who don’t know me, I’m L0k1, I run our IRC, and our Gitlab, as well as a few other things.
I may not be around all the time, but I’m constantly maintaining stuff. Before the talks about switching to Discord, before we had our own IRC, we were using Freenode’s IRC server. The issue with the Freenode server was that by default none of the users IP addresses were masked, and given that 0x00Sec did not control the infrastructure this presented a problem. Due to the lack of privacy and having no control over what was logged, monitored… Etc it was decided that we would start our own in efforts to better protect our users privacy.
I set us up our IRC server, masked all the users IP addresses, disabled logging, and gave us a place to chat with more security and privacy. As of right now, there are only 2 users able to view your IP address (Myself and Suser). I will tell you all right now, NOTHING you do in private messages is logged on our end. I can’t control what is logged in a public channel, nor can I control what individual users do.
If any of you know me, and have had the chance to watch my project “Mia” in action, you will know that logging would put me in a very bad position. My number one concern is the privacy of this community, plain and simple.
After hearing that there were talks of switching to Discord as our primary “chat” sent a few chills down my spine. I can fully understand that Discord is a much easier platform to use, and it provides much more functionality than our IRC, there’s no denying that. However, I do believe that switching completely to Discord is not the right move for the future, as there are some concerns I have. I am fully ready to keep paying for our IRC server, that’s not going to change. I’m also on board for using discord for “public” chats, but as far as perhaps talking about “Grey” area topics, id have to disagree.
“Information You Provide: We collect information from you when you voluntarily provide such information, such as when you register for access to the Services or use certain Services. Information we collect may include but not be limited to username, email address, and any messages, images, transient VOIP data (to enable communication delivery only) or other content you send via the chat feature”
I know we are all law-abiding citizens, and everything we do is always legal, but its just something to consider
I’m not saying we shouldn’t use Discord, its an amazing platform, and provides great options, I’m just saying we shouldnt JUST use discord.
This is just my opinion.
If anyone has any questions about the security of our IRC and its loaded modules, and logging options, please feel free to ask, and I will gladly answer.