Freenode IRC hostile takeover

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What’s going on?

Holy cow!  So Freenode just shot itself in the foot.  Recently it was taken over by Andrew Lee (rasengan), and hilarity ensued.  Visit the links below to get caught up:

https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=27286628

https://gist.github.com/prawnsalad/4ca20da6c2295ddb06c1646791c61953

https://gist.github.com/joepie91/df80d8d36cd9d1bde46ba018af497409/

https://arstechnica.com/gadgets/2021/05/freenode-irc-has-been-taken-over-by-the-crown-prince-of-korea/

https://www.vice.com/en/article/m7ev8y/freenode-open-source-korea-crown-prince-takeover

https://www.techtimes.com/articles/260448/20210520/freenode-open-source-project-developers-resign-over-hostile-takeover-allegations.htm

Freenode IRC staff quit after new owner “seizes” control of network

Check out their latest blog post (STOP LEAVING! LOL)

They recently enacted a policy that nobody is allowed to advertise Libera.Chat, and then they go and literally take over channels, force redirect to their unofficial namespace, and remove access for the existing channel owners.

This policy, at the time of this blog post, does not exist, though channels owners and users are expected to abide by it.

Also, come join Libera.Chat!

Project Moves

Several FOSS projects have already made their positions quite clear:

Here’s the list of channels on Freenode which advertised Libera in any way (before the new policy went into effect), 720 channels

https://archive.is/uHw1g

Here’s the list of channels on Freenode which advertised Libera in any way (4 hours later), 196 channels

https://archive.is/9iKSy

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