'Freenode's Linux support channel has an official web page at
freenode.linux.community, which now bears this announcement:
22+ year old ##linux on freenode has been seized by freenode staff
The community's (multi-platform) site reminds visitors of the
alternative channels #linux on Libera and Linux.Chat on Discord.
But they're not the only ones making changes. "[T]he FSF and GNU have
decided to relocate our IRC channels to Libera.Chat," reads an
official announcement on the FSF blog. "Effective immediately, Libera
is the official home of our channels, which include but are not
limited to all those in the #fsf, #gnu, and #libreplanet namespaces."
As we have had nearly twenty years of positive experiences with the
Freenode staff, most of whom now comprise the staff of the Libera
network, we are confident in their technical and interpersonal
expertise, as well as their ability to make the network as
long-lasting and integral to the free software community as they made
Freenode. We look forward to joining the large number of free software
and free culture projects who have already made Libera.Chat their
home, and hope to stay there for many years to come.
Also making a move: freenode's #Python channel. Software developer Ned
Batchelder, one of the channel's operators (and also an architect at
edX), shared a recent experience in a new blog post this morning. When
they'd decided to move #python to the new Libera.chat network (run by
former Freenode staffers), they also stayed in Freenode's channel "to
let people know where everyone had gone."
Yesterday, after a heated debate in the Freenode channel where I was
accused of splitting the community, I got k-lined (banned entirely
from Freenode). The reason given was "spamming", because of my
recurring message about the move to Libera. Then the entire Freenode
#python channel was closed... Was it malice or was it mistake? Does it
matter? It's not a good way to run a network. After the channel was
closed, people asking staff about what happened were banned from
asking. That wasn't a mistake... [T]he new staff seems to be using
force to silence people asking questions. It's clear that transparency
is not a strong value for them.
Setting aside network drama, the big picture here is that the Freenode
#python community isn't split: it's alive and well. It's just not on
Freenode anymore, it's on Libera.
Freenode was a good thing. But the domain name of the server was the
least important part of it, just a piece of technical trivia. There's
no reason to stick with Freenode just because it is called Freenode.
As with any way of bringing people together, the important part is the
people. If all of the people go someplace else, follow them there, and
See you on Libera.'
-- source: https://tech.slashdot.org/story/21/06/13/184251
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