DIY collaboration

From KDE dev Aaron Seigo’s blog:

switching gears a bit more, a couple of GNOME hackers started hanging out in #kde-devel on the IRC network. it’s been enjoyable to discuss topics ranging from packaging, build systems, system trays, cairo and gstreamer with them and to have them join in on our conversations as well. it’s been a nice insight into their perspectives on things and the good natured quality of the discussion even when we see differently on matters has been refreshing.

Now one wonders, did play any role in encouraging this? Would this have happened if it didn’t exist?