New LOHIRC server!
Hello all! Historically, we’ve hosted our IRC channels (primarily #loh-en and
#librejam) on Freenode. Given the recent controversy involving Freenode
however, we’ve decided to move to a new platform, and ultimately settled on
creating our own IRC server!
The new server can be connected to at
leagueh.xyz using the default
SSL-enabled IRC port (6697). The server does not accept plaintext connections at
this time, so ensure your IRC client is configured to use SSL.
For those only interested in our IRC server, you can stop reading now. If you
want to hear more about what’s going on at Freenode, feel free to keep reading.
What’s up with Freenode?
Given the wealth of vague and often misleading information out there, I am
attempting to write a short and neutral explanation of what’s going on. In the
following paragraph, I try my best to avoid making conclusions or bringing in my
Recently, various staff members have accused Andrew Lee, the chairman of
Freenode Limited, of staging a hostile takeover of the network. Likewise,
chairman Lee has accused a particular staff member of the same, although he also
states that he has since resolved the conflict with this staff member. These
accusations have resulted in various Freenode staff members leaving the network
due to concerns of a corrupt takeover by chairman Lee. Some staff members have
caused disruption to the network by terminating network services before leaving,
and a variety of global notices from both irritated staff members and Andrew Lee
have been sent. As of yet, it is not entirely clear whether Andrew Lee actually
poses a threat to the network as accused by various members of the Freenode
staff, nor is it clear whether certain staff members actually pose a threat to
the network as accused by chairman Lee. Making such conclusions is very
difficult at the moment due to a lack of clear information, and the fact that
what information is available comes from the two parties in question and is
therefore subject to heavy bias.
So, with this said, what’s my opinion on all this? Surely I see that Andrew Lee
is spelling the apocalypse for Freenode, and that’s why I’ve started the LOHIRC
server? Actually, no. My perspective at this point is that both parties are
behaving irrationally and irresponsibly. Regardless of whether or not chairman
Lee is attempting to take over the network, both parties are causing significant
damage to the network’s community by refusing to handle this dispute in a civil
manner. In particular, I am very disappointed in the actions of the various
Freenode staff members who have abandoned Freenode in order to start their own
network, Libera Chat. To me, abandoning Freenode so hastily without even
attempting to put up a fight to protect the network from the takeover they keep
warning of doesn’t seem to indicate that they feel any duty of care for
Freenode, nor their responsibilities as staff members.
In any case, I wish the best for Freenode, and likewise for our new server
LOHIRC. Thanks for reading.
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