The Freenode saga keeps getting weirder.
Today: Freenode has blocked IRCCloud users from accessing their network.
From IRCCloud's Twitter feed: "We reiterate our recommendation to switch to a network that is secure, reliable, and has respect for the free choices made by the communities it hosts."
This is so utterly boneheaded, it boggles the mind.
You'd think it's impossible to destroy a network that's been around for more than two decades in less than four weeks.
This is dumb as fuck, IRCCloud users use IRCCloud to maintain connections to many networks at once, if you suddenly need another bouncer to connect to freenode I bet many users will simply dump freenode.
@fribbledom Anything is possible if your only goal is money and you don't understand the thing you acquired 😂
@fribbledom if the goal with the purchase was to bury it and kill irc.. definitely pulled it off.
There is always two sides to a story. Every new post coming out I try to remember that. Also it’s fair that mistakes were made. But the mistakes keep being made. If they really can’t learn from mistakes… becoming irrelevant from incompetence or malice… at this point doesn’t matter any more.
I mean even basecamp managed to shut up and ride out without killing their company
@fribbledom Thought experiment: if you were trying to ruin the network in a covert way, how would it look different from what is actually happening?
@fribbledom None of this is surprising. One of the coinbros from Mt. Gox executed a hostile takeover and drove away the adult supervision, who -- collectively -- had decades of experience running chat networks. All in the name of owning the SJW (dude sure is afraid of the Stanford Jazz Workshop, no clue why).
@fribbledom It's like a reverse Ship of Theseus thing - it has the same name but Freenode is not Freenode
Destroy a particular server? yeah, that's actually quite easy.
Destroy a network itself? Not so sure. In this case, what we knew as the freenode network was operated by the channel admins, all with a common mindset and alternative channels of communication. Unlike Facebook groups, they're more coordinated and resilient against censorship. I say it's only a matter of time before all users migrate to Libera chat.
"The Net interprets censorship as damage and routes around it."
- John Gilmore
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