Regarding the freenode controversy, I had thought the fault was mostly on one side.
But after seeing this post by prawnsalad, I'm not too sure...
May be the 'echo chambers' played a role?
"What all this drama has shown me though is that there are more illogical, emotionally run, people hiding facts and trying to be sneaky than I thought at the same time. So many assumptions built upon assumptions and then run with it.
The trolls, the people falsifying logs, the people so angry that they don't want to believe anything else, over time this wears you down and eventually you wonder why you are even involved any more."
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