Lost account access

As a part of its privacy policy, NoBleme will protect your anonymity as much as possible. This means that you will never be sent any emails that could be used to link you to your identity on the website, or asking you to provide your password. On top of that, automated password recovery systems can be used in a few nefarious ways that we would rather not have to deal with. With this context in mind, NoBleme decided to not implement an automated account recovery process.

If you have lost access to your account (forgotten username, forgotten password, or otherwise), the only way to recover that access is to go on NoBleme's NoBleme's IRC chat server and ask for a website administrator to manually reset your account's password. No need to worry about identity usurpation, there is a strict process in place that will allow the administrator to verify your identity before doing the resetting.



Why IRC?

NoBleme has been using IRC as its main real time chat platform since 2005. Back then, it used to be the only option that made sense. Since then, the Internet has changed and evolved a lot, to the point where IRC might seem like an outdated and unnecessarily complicated platform catering to old timers.

You might be expecting this page to be a defense of IRC, consider your expectations subverted: we are very well aware of IRC's many flaws and limitations, and would be happy to migrate to a more fitting alternative. Therefore, we often reconsider our choice of main communication platform, but are yet to find an alternative that meets our needs as well as IRC does. Since the question comes up quite often, this page will do its best to explain why we are yet to switch to something else.

Freedom from corporations

As stated in NoBleme's privacy policy, we do not want any third parties to be able to collect and use your personal data while you are taking part in any activity related to NoBleme. In order to achieve this goal, any real time chat service offered by NoBleme must be free to use, open sourced, privacy oriented, and have the ability to be hosted on NoBleme's own servers.

IRC's flexibility in letting you use any chat client of your choice actually acts as an issue in this regard: some of our users choose IRC clients privately hosted by corporations, which can collect and use data from any conversations they are involved in. Even if 100 users use non corporate IRC clients, it only takes one user in the same channel running a privately hosted client offered by a corporation to collect and use the data of these 100 other users without their consent. Hypocritically, we even suggest using KiwiIRC and IRCCloud in this FAQ, which might both potentially contribute to this very issue.

Flexible user experience

As every user chooses their preferred IRC client, you have a freedom to bend IRC's user experience any way you want to and can access IRC on any device or platform of your choice. This used to be extremely important in the early days of NoBleme's IRC server, when the competition (MSN, ICQ, Skype, Google Talk, etc.) locked you into a forced user experience. Nowadays, most real time chat applications offer various degrees of customization, which allow for a properly flexible user experience.

The drawback in IRC's case is that the freedom to customize your user experience means that you actually need to setup and customize your own IRC client. This has a cost in both time and effort, which can be a harsh barrier of entry for some users, and thus turn them away from joining NoBleme's IRC chat. We are very well aware of this issue, and of the cost it has on our community's activity, but are willing to accept that cost.

Simplicity: chat comes first

As IRC is not trying to compete with any other platforms, there is no race to add features. The core of IRC's usage is and will always remain the simple action of chatting with other users. We appreciate this simplicity, and would only consider an alternative that shares this point of view.

This does not mean that we reject the quality of life features of other real time chat services. If anything, we wish that IRC could find a way to evolve and integrate some of them (being able to chat in threads and adding emoji reactions to messages might be the two most requested ones). Any alternative to IRC that puts chatting first and does not try to overcomplicate itself with useless features but also embraces modern real time chat features would be welcome and taken into consideration.

Force of habit

When weighing the pros and cons of IRC as NoBleme's real time chat solution, it must be reiterated that we have been using it continuously since 2005, thus our community is simply used to it. For some of us, it is a major aspect of our daily lives, which can not be changed on a whim. Only a strictly superior solution would be considered, with no drawbacks compared to our current usage of IRC.

Alternatives: What will it take to switch?

Every once in a while, we have community driven conversations about switching away from IRC, which so far have always settled on staying on IRC. Even though we currently thrive comfortably on IRC, we are on the lookout for an alternative, and would be open to eventually switching to another platform.

Here is a quick rundown on why we did not switch to the most popular alternatives:

In summary…

Taking all these elements in consideration, it is very likely that we will not switch from IRC to another real time chat service anytime soon. We acknowledge that the barrier of entry can seem high to new users, and are aware that IRC has quality of life limitations compared to more modern solutions, but also consider IRC to be good enough for us currently thanks to an ever evolving ecosystem of modern IRC clients.

If you are scared by the barrier of entry, or do not wish to use IRC because it feels outdated, know that we understand your frustration, but be aware that we have no plan to change platform. It will remain the heart of NoBleme's community in the foreseeable future. You can still keep up with NoBleme's activity and interact with some of our community members on other platforms, including real time chat on Discord.