Sometimes it’s just easier to get help or discuss matters in real time. The #elasticsearch channel on irc.freenode.net allows for just that (webchat.freenode). Note: IRC discussions tend to exclude large parts of the community. Therefore Elasticsearch core technical discussions and decisions must take place on the mailing lists, not IRC. They don’t count otherwise.
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