Not so long ago, our Matrix instance gained Spaces support
You might be familiar with our Matrix directory and how to explore it already. The directory is a flat structure listing all the rooms that opted in. It is fairly well supported in most clients.
Spaces on the other hand are groups of rooms (and if we wanted it, people). It is a more convenient way to organise rooms per type of activity you want to do at some point.
Only Element supports Spaces so far. But their behaviour is now documented in the Matrix Specification, so any client can support it eventually. Yes, Fractal could too in the longer run but it’s not a priority right now.
To try and join the GNOME Community space, make you to enable the Spaces beta feature by clicking on that large circled plus on the left of Element
Element will then offer you to Join the beta. When you click on the green button, Element will reload with Spaces support enabled. Pack your space suit
You can then go to any room and type
/join #community:gnome.org, which will make you join the GNOME Community space!
Important note: this feature is in beta, and its support is very experimental. While Spaces are a convenient way to organise rooms, they are not yet very good for room exploration. In particular, you will not be able to see all the rooms in a Space for the moment. For the people interested in the technical side of it, this merge request is going to fix it. I’m following it and will update this post when Spaces are better for exploration. In the meantime, make sure to browse the room directory to have a better view of how active we are!