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Why is the i3 IRC channel not on FreeNode?

asked 2013-06-08 13:50:49 +0000

Michael gravatar image

i3 is hosted on, not on FreeNode. Why?

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answered 2013-06-08 13:53:32 +0000

Michael gravatar image

Several reasons:

  1. We host our own git repository and don’t rely on GitHub either. It’s consistent to also host our own IRC network. Decentralized services are a good thing.
  2. FreeNode in particular, but any of the bigger networks — in my experience — has a lot of netsplits, which is annoying
  3. By using a separate server, we separate the wheat from the chaff: people who just join the channel easily to ask a troll question don’t bother. However, the annoyance for people who are genuinely interested is not big enough either, since all IRC clients support multiple servers easily.
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