[openstack-dev] Proposal to move from Freenode to OFTC

Thierry Carrez thierry at openstack.org
Tue Mar 4 11:29:54 UTC 2014

Stephen Gran wrote:
> On 04/03/14 11:01, Thierry Carrez wrote:
>> James E. Blair wrote:
>>> Freenode has been having a rough time lately due to a series of DDoS
>>> attacks which have been increasingly disruptive to collaboration.
>>> Fortunately there's an alternative.
>>> OFTC <URL:http://www.oftc.net/> is a robust and established alternative
>>> to Freenode.  It is a smaller network whose mission statement makes it a
>>> less attractive target.  It's significantly more stable than Freenode
>>> and has friendly and responsive operators.  The infrastructure team has
>>> been exploring this area and we think OpenStack should move to using
>>> OFTC.
>> There is quite a bit of literature out there pointing to Freenode, like
>> presentation slides from old conferences. We should expect people to
>> continue to join Freenode's channels forever. I don't think staying a
>> few weeks on those channels to redirect misled people will be nearly
>> enough. Could we have a longer plan ? Like advertisement bots that would
>> advise every n hours to join the right servers ?
> Why not just set /topic to tell people to connect to OFTC and join there?

We certainly would set /topic, but a lot of people ignore channel topics
(and a lot of IRC clients fail to display them). But if they read the
channel, they just can't ignore the public service announcement bots :)

Thierry Carrez (ttx)

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