well, irc does have rooms! and scribus does have both a #scribus and a #scribus-dev room on freenode... (well, there is alos a #scribus-team room... but's that's a secret :-) ... it just happens that nobody uses the #scribus-dev room anymore since there was too little traffic in there.
and in a small community like the scribus one, having a common room helps the devs to know what the users actually want and use the software for...
and for the history: the scribus channel is logged and you can read through it... but, yes, you have to know about it.
all this being said, i don't want to convince you that irc is a user friendly way to chat, since it's not :-)
if you want to hang out here, go for it... but we might want start talking about scribus, rather than about gitter, matrix and irc :-)
I stopped using this as nobody else used it... easier to use IRC if this doesn't get used, as I use pidgin and I use it for all my other messaging, and... goes to check if gitter works on pidgin, and ooooooh, it does :D :D :D
What do you mean? Why not? The instructions say we sign into the gitter server on IRC using our github credentials, thus it can do everything we have here with rooms, pidgin will list the rooms as "chats"