You can buy companies, names, servers, infrastructure... but you can't buy a community.

At this point I'm wondering if the new owner of Freenode isn't actively trying to bury this brand.

His latest moves were so obviously ham-fisted and clumsy, it just makes no sense otherwise.

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@fribbledom TBH, I'm not sure how someone can make money from the service? This was the same dilemma Evan faced when he tried to monetize identi.ca; for example, we all love Mastodon and, for the most part, enjoy talking to one another, but I doubt a business would want to pay (I think Evan wanted) $10K a year for an internal chat program. And who uses Freenode anyway? Mostly developers and a few 'wannabes' like myself, and I wouldn't pay a subscription to use it, would you?

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