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

Daniel P. Berrange berrange at redhat.com
Tue Mar 4 11:31:09 UTC 2014

On Tue, Mar 04, 2014 at 11:12:13AM +0000, 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?

That's certainly something you want todo, but IME of moving IRC channels
in the past, plenty of people will never look at the #topic :-( You want
to be more aggressive like setting channel permissions to block anyone
except admins from speaking in the channel. Then set a bot with admin
rights to spam the channel once an hour telling people to go elsewhere.

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