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After staff revolt, Freenode management takes over hundreds of IRC channels for 'policy violations'

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    hungariantoast
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    Something I have not been able to figure out, maybe just because I have not read enough former-staffer resignations, or don't know enough about Freenode's underlying technology, is how exactly...

    Something I have not been able to figure out, maybe just because I have not read enough former-staffer resignations, or don't know enough about Freenode's underlying technology, is how exactly Lee's purchase of Freenode Limited enabled him to take control over the hardware that actually runs Freenode?

    And why didn't a staffer just nuke the network when it became clear that a hostile takeover was imminent? Would doing so involve the threat of legal reprecussions? Was the infrastructure of the network distributed too widely to make this possible?

    It's a moot point now I guess, considering the-castle-that-is-Freenode has been stormed, but I'd really like to have a better understanding of the legal and technological history of this event, because knowing exactly who fucked up, and what their fuckups were, could provide valuable lessons in the future.

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      No technological reasons, they talked to lawyers and the lawyers said it was best to go quietly. Anything else threatened a lawsuit. Andrew Lee has significantly more resources than the ex-staff.

      No technological reasons, they talked to lawyers and the lawyers said it was best to go quietly. Anything else threatened a lawsuit. Andrew Lee has significantly more resources than the ex-staff.

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