You can buy companies, names, servers, infrastructure... but you can't buy a community.
At this point I'm wondering if the new owner of Freenode isn't actively trying to bury this brand.
His latest moves were so obviously ham-fisted and clumsy, it just makes no sense otherwise.
@fribbledom maybe thinks can keep at it for a while it’ll fall out of news cycle and will still have enough people around to have a “large irc network” or what ever his irc.com plan calls it
@fribbledom TBH, I'm not sure how someone can make money from the service? This was the same dilemma Evan faced when he tried to monetize identi.ca; for example, we all love Mastodon and, for the most part, enjoy talking to one another, but I doubt a business would want to pay (I think Evan wanted) $10K a year for an internal chat program. And who uses Freenode anyway? Mostly developers and a few 'wannabes' like myself, and I wouldn't pay a subscription to use it, would you?
@fribbledom Some people do really believe -- falsely, mind you -- that *everything* is for sale at the right price.
@fribbledom he's a cryptocoin dude, had dealings with that other genius from MTGOX: he's either malicious or very dumb... or both?
@fribbledom Never underestimate the power of arrogance and reinforcement from every employee telling you you're awesome.
@fribbledom I'm actually pleasently surprised that the exodus is happening. Usually, I'd expect platform inertia to rear its ugly head and that most people would stay because they're used to it. Like with Whatsapp, or Facebook in general.
@AgreeableLandscape @fribbledom I think the main difference to other services is that an IRC network is not a real "platform". You can easily switch to another network and keep using the same client software with a similar if not exactly the same feature set on the server side. Registering a new channel elsewhere is quickly done. Also a lot of folks are on multiple networks anyway, so it doesn't really matter if the channel is on freenode or libera or hackint...
@fribbledom I'd actually been initially cautiously.. not /hopeful/, but willing to see what the guy might come up with, given it wouldn't be a bad thing to see IRC gain more public recognition beyond the geek community. But wow, it didn't take long for his real intent to be felt, between actions like this, and going full frozen peach.
freenode vs the world
"Actually, it's somewhat worse than the headline mentions. It seems that the script targets channels that merely mention Libera in the topic. The topic of an affected channel I was in said: "See also #foo on irc.libera.chat" (as we hadn't decided whether or not to move). And everyone in the channel was banned from both the #foo and the ##foo channels on Freenode.
Needless to say, Freenode kindly decided for us whether or not we should move to Libera for good."
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