Community Monero XMPP Server Change

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(This is a reannouncement to reflect our recent server change)

Hello fellow boaters!

I present to you a MUC I've created on the XMPP (also informally known as Jabber) network. I've put some thought into which network would be best fit and decided that, while IRC is an excellent way to chat, there is an apparent lack of mobile support and perhaps lacks the ability to choose a server of your choice. Furthermore, I've concluded for many years that Matrix isn't a good choice for multiple concerning reasons, the most impactful being the Matrix Foundation itself receiving large amounts of metadata and being overly centralized over the entirety of the network. Matrix also utilizes CloudFlare (a popular CDN service) which, according to W3Techs, provides services for 19.2% of all websites. I don't believe CloudFlare is a bad actor but they certainly can MITM any websites utilizing their free tier plan. One can easily check if a website is using the free tier SSL certificate by checking here. You can see that in the "subject" area, it shows the SSL domain name as sni.cloudflaressl.com. CloudFlare's free SSL operates by encrypting only the data sent from you to the CDN, leaving the data that is sent from the CDN back to Matrix.org unencrypted. This isn't necessarily problematic for the entirety of the network, however, it shows the Matrix Foundation has an apparent lack of privacy/security practices while advertising their project as a privacy-oriented chat solution. I won't ramble on too much about Matrix's suspected privacy issues, instead, I'll leave you these two write-ups to read for yourself, here and here.

If you need an introduction to XMPP, please reference XMPP.org. There are many clients available for Windows, OS X, *NIX-based systems, Android, and iOS. All modern clients adhere to community-enacted standards and are interoperable, giving you the ability to have audio and video chats as well as encrypt all messages, calls, and video chats using OMEMO which provides similar encryption as Signal.

Taking the aforementioned into consideration, I've felt it would be nice to have a Monero chat on XMPP to provide the community with an alternative to IRC and Matrix channels. I do not intend to replace the former methods of communication as I believe they are essential to providing the network and community with valuable help and project development. My only goal is to add, yet another, method of communication to embolden all users to participate in the community.

Finally, I've decided to use a server that I believe implements excellent security and privacy practices. This service is run by a community member and the website is accessible here. You may connect to our room at [email protected]

I look forward to meeting you all!

(This is a reannouncement to reflect our recent server change)