The #freenode volunteer IRCops, in their quest to wrestle power away from its owner, may win the battle for getting users to move to their new server, but they are doing massive damage to #IRC over the long term by manufacturing this "hostile takeover" that was based on lies and provocation.
Here, a leader in IRCv3 development and KiwiIRC client gives up on IRC completely because of this stupid drama:
For me, it's just redoubled my support of #Matrix but it's a shame.
Yeah for real. Apparently the channels for some of the biggest tech companies and open source projects on the planet were "abandoned" lmao okay.
Even if that was the case (it's not), it still is not a defence for taking over any room that mentioned their competition.
That'd be like setting up a Masto server that banned anyone for mentioning Pleroma.
For people who care about, support, or build Free, Libre, and Open Source Software (FLOSS).