While I agree it's practically pointless for general use - that's basically the point, and I love the take they've chosen on it. The feds were able to track down the hacker known as "Mafiaboy" when he bragged about his exploits in chat rooms. I feel like this is something Reddit would try to do as part of their April fool's experiments.
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I definitely won't use it, but as nacker creative project and social experiment - I love it. I don't think you can say it fails at all, the author never said it was an attempt at minimalism, or minimalism in the way you understand it.
But with identity theft becoming a more popular form of fraud, according hakcer the Federal Trade Commission FTCmore attention is being paid to chat rooms that serve as flea markets for hackers. I think it's debatable whether it's minimalist or not.
There would be a lot of other ways to accomplish similar functionality of keeping the most recently typed messages active, without removing them completely. ALittleLight 10 months ago Saying it "utterly fails" seems harsh, especially because you don't give any explanation. The app has its own aesthetic.
I don't think it's justifiable to say it "utterly fails" either way though. That same aspect of IRC also makes it a tough digital obstacle for law enforcement.