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Final Chapter

The last caretaker looked at the last light lit in the empty halls. They looked out across their home. It used to be filled with thousands of people. There were discussions about every topic imaginable from people of as many backgrounds. Projects were born. Relationships were forged. Friends were found. Lives were irreparably changed for the better.

But the darkness came and soaked into the foundation. Some noticed it and became alerted. Some ignored it as an "inevitable" change. Some ran away, abandoning their home of choice. Some stuck around.

Then the darkness took over and the larger discussion rooms sprung into action. The meddlers between the halls suddenly became a network of people to assist the other larger discussion rooms to move elsewhere. Through their careful planning and surgical execution, they managed to move all of the major discussions away in hours. Prior migrations on this scale have not happened. Normally there are stragglers. Normally people try to stick it out and decry those that leave as "reactionaries".


NickServ: User reg.  : Dec 03 22:31:33 2007 (13y 24w 3d ago)
NickServ: Last addr  : [email protected]/Xe

Freenode had been my home on the internet for over half of my life. All things IRC must come to an end, but it felt like Freenode was eternal. The staff had not always made decisions that I agreed with, but I have run IRC networks before. I know how it is. Precedent can drown you.

It's just sad to see it end like this. The communities that I have joined there have been catalytic in my life. I have irreparably changed the life of others on Freenode. I met people on Freenode that I talk with daily. I'm sure that I wouldn't have the career that I have without Freenode.

But it's been taken over by a narcissistic Trumpian wannabe Korean royalty bitcoin millionaire, and I just cannot support that.


Not this time though. The darkness was so deep into things that the very rooms themselves became at risk. The floors were not known to be safe. The caretakers had worked together to come up with a new plan and had built an exact replica of the meeting halls elsewhere.

Through that network of meddlers, people were helped over. The new halls needed adjusting to cope with the sudden load, however they took them. The caretakers spun up their new discussion hall and built it stronger than before.

They, the last caretaker, was unable to control the darkness anymore. The darkness was too deep. Their access had rotten away.


NickServ: Account Xe has 5 other nick(s) grouped to it, remove those first.

I joined Freenode initially in order to get help with Ubuntu in high school.

(shadowh511) hello, i need some help configuring wine 0.9.50 to run microsoft digital image suite 10, i try to run the setup app, an i get two looping messages about MDAC, and on how the system needs to reboot before it can install, but the messages loop, how can i fix this?

(Fluxd) !wine | shadowh511

(ubotu) shadowh511: WINE is a compatibility layer for running Windows programs on GNU/Linux. See https://help.ubuntu.com/community/Wine for more information, and see !AppDB for application compatibility.

(shadowh511) they won't help me there

I eventually figured it out. I think I just did it on Windows.

I ended up rejoining it and really sticking around once I got into My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic. There was a channel called #reddit-mlp that I haunted for years.

I met friends that I still talk with today. I wonder if anyone from there that I haven't talked with in years is reading this now.


The soul of the halls was not the halls itself. It was not the caretakers. It was the people. Once the bigger halls moved over, the people followed. Each person leaving took that much more of the soul with them.

Drops became a stream became a torrent became a flood and in a day's time the soul of the halls had left. The soul was gone and only the darkness remained.

The last caretaker looked at the room and snuffed out their light. They packed up their backpack and closed the front door for the last time.

They cried as they walked to their new home.


(Xe) ungroup JohnMadden
NickServ: Nick JohnMadden has been removed from your account.
(Xe) ungroup Xena
NickServ: Nick Xena has been removed from your account.
(Xe) ungroup Cadance
NickServ: Nick Cadance has been removed from your account.
(Xe) ungroup Cadey
NickServ: Nick Cadey has been removed from your account.
(Xe) ungroup shadowh511
NickServ: Nick shadowh511 has been removed from your account.
(Xe) drop Xe ******

NickServ: This is a friendly reminder that you are about to destroy the account Xe. To avoid accidental use of this command, this operation has to be confirmed. Please confirm by replying with /msg NickServ DROP Xe ****** 86033ae0:9e021b10


The halls fell, but the people that made up the soul of those halls moved on.

Their home went away because their home wasn't a building. It was an idea. Ideas persist in ways that buildings don't.


(Xe) DROP Xe ****** 86033ae0:9e021b10
NickServ: The account Xe has been dropped.

You can find me on Liberachat in #xeserv. If you want to chat about my blog articles, I welcome any readers to join there.

Be well.

irc: server freenode has been deleted

This article was posted on M05 20 2021. Facts and circumstances may have changed since publication. Please contact me before jumping to conclusions if something seems wrong or unclear.

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The art for Mara was drawn by Selicre.

The art for Cadey was drawn by ArtZora Studios.