I'm gonna break form a little and say it was crap.
The first episode was good. I could look past the more stupid tech stuff and the bland characterisation because it had a great sense of mystery. The questions of who and what Mr Robot and f.society were drove the show but then by just the second or third episode they turned out to be the most generic boring answers imaginable. Even the final twist seemed a little trite and by that point I was thoroughly bored with the show anyway. Everything seemed so clear cut and generic. Good guy hackers, bad guy corp, no nuance. I mean, regardless of their thin justification for it, the corporation is called evil corp ffs. I cringed every time I heard that.
Also the drug dealer side plot just seemed like a way to fill up episodes that didn't connect strongly with the main plot. It wouldn't have been too difficult to intertwine the two more and show Elliott struggling to manage both and having to choose between them but this didn't really happen. It started to look like it would but then he just handled both no problems. On the other side we have the whiterose sub plot which connected well with the main plot but was never at all explained. Whiterose acts like an idiot and very nearly fuarrrks everything up, offering nothing more than condescending bull soykaf ("You weren't ready") as excuses.>>3403
That doesn't make constant IRL meetings good OPSEC. I can totally ignore it for the sake of the show. It worked in context because they provided some justification for it. It doesn't bear close examination but that's ok it's just a TV show and it was kinda cool. Also showing an irc chat for the main characters just isn't as good to watch. You don't get the same sense of character.
Don't be fooled though. It's not good OPSEC, it's not particularly bad OPSEC either but it won't protect you. People IRL have no less chance of being feds than people online, they were doing this stuff long before the internet came along. Hell, the feds will have an easier time of it not having to worry about travel expenses or other commitments and also they now definitely know your face and physical location. Whatever you're doing and however you meet trust no one. A false sense of security can be very dangerous and the idea that if you can talk to someone in person you'll magically be able to tell if they're a fed is a false sense of security. Sure, it's easier to tell IRL than online but it's difficult enough, and feds are more than good enough liars, that you cannot at all rely on it anyway. Trust no one, take precautions.