- It is useful when you are working with a contributor on Matrix and there is a need to send each other commands, logs, or program output.
- It is really useful for sharing code where you may need to collaborate with others, but do not want to share the code permanently - for example when troubleshooting in IRC/Matrix, knowing that you can share things that can be deleted in Nth period of time.
- Running our own instance in Mozilla gives us moderation tools that we don't generally get with free offerings elsewhere.
- Add-on reviewers use Mozilla's Pastebin to share console logs with developers on their code builds.
- It is built into the build system (mach pastebin) so it is super easy for devs to reach for.
A list of alternatives in bug 1480438 including:
Public-facing, authentication required:
Public-facing, unauthenticated, unsupported:
Authenticated Mozillians can choose:
- the Mana collaborative editor (coming soon)
Other, less practical suggestions have included:
- Bathroom walls
- Various proposals involving the phrase "beware of the leopard"