The Fedora project has been moving to Matrix for our interactive chat needs for a while, but we wanted to make any such transition smooth and not leave behind users that preferred IRC for whatever reasons. When we setup Matrix rooms we also setup a portal using the Matrix<-> IRC bridge. This allows Matrix and IRC users to see the same content and interact with each other. There have of course been issues from time to time of dropped messages, or clashes between the Matrix and IRC cultures, but overall it’s been a great help to keeping our community from fragmenting.

Unfortunately, issues with the bridge have reached a point that folks have asked for the bridge to be taken down until it can be fixed up. This happened at 2023-08-06 14UTC.

What does this mean for the Fedora Community? a few things:

  • Realize that part of the community will not see your messages. If you send from IRC, Matrix users will not see or be able to respond to those messages. Likewise if you send from Matrix, no IRC users will see or be aware of your messages. If you are expecting a reply from someone and don’t see it, do realize they could be on the other platform.
  • Fedora’s meeting bot (zodbot) is on IRC. This means you will need to have everyone involved in meetings on IRC. Meetings can’t be recorded from Matrix.

Hopefully this is a very temporary issue and the bridge will be back soon.