[CentOS-devel] Retracted: Volunteer(s) wanted to answer questions on Freenode

Fri Jun 25 19:42:31 UTC 2021
Rich Bowen <rbowen at redhat.com>

After discussions with a number of people, I would like to apologize for 
my message, and retract it, and ask that you disregard my call for 

While I have a tendency to want to believe the best of people, it is 
clearer to me now that, in this case, it is unwarranted and potentially 
damaging to our community to try to do so.

The new management of Freenode is not acting in the best interests of 
this community or any other.

I humbly apologize, in particular, to John, for any disrespect he feels 
from my sending this email. While that was not my intent, I understand 
his feelings, and hope he will forgive me.

I will continue to stay on #centos and forward people to Libera.chat, 
which is our official IRC presence, until such time that the Freenode 
staff makes it clear I'm no longer welcome to do so and kick me off -- 
which appears to be the stance they are taking on other project channels 
when they try to redirect to an official location.

On 6/25/21 2:19 PM, Rich Bowen wrote:
> As you know, several weeks ago we made the choice to move our main IRC 
> presence from Freenode to Libera.chat due to some changes in the 
> management of the Freenode network. You can, of course, find details 
> about that elsewhere.