[Development] Changes to Freenode's IRC

Andy Nichols Andy.Nichols at qt.io
Wed May 19 16:37:26 CEST 2021


Rather than just move to another IRC server, we should really take this as an opportunity to move to another chat service as the official Qt Project chat.  IRC has a terrible user experience and is not at all accessible for people who haven't been using it for decades like many of us. It does us a huge disservice when trying to attracting new contributors to point to our IRC.  There are lots of better options out there now (which I see some of you on already), so lets move on already.

Andy Nichols    

-----Original Message-----
From: Development <development-bounces at qt-project.org> On Behalf Of Giuseppe D'Angelo via Development
Sent: Wednesday, May 19, 2021 4:18 PM
To: development at qt-project.org
Subject: [Development] Changes to Freenode's IRC


Freenode, the network that hosts our IRC communities, is in the middle 
of some important community changes. TL;DR: most of the volunteer staff 
resigned in protest with what looks like a sell-out of the network and 
its user data.

You can read some more details here:


While Freenode won't shut down tomorrow morning, this still raises some 
questions whether Qt wants to keep its community there or move to 
another network. (The ex-staff has founded another network, libera, 
where most people are moving.)

Who's in charge of the online Qt communities? What's the process to 
decide about this?

Giuseppe D'Angelo | giuseppe.dangelo at kdab.com | Senior Software Engineer
KDAB (France) S.A.S., a KDAB Group company
Tel. France +33 (0)4 90 84 08 53, http://www.kdab.com
KDAB - The Qt, C++ and OpenGL Experts

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