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Freenode commits suicide, is no longer a serious IRC network

Since this happened after I was banned from Freenode, I didn't get to observe this first hand, but this is the situation as I now understand it.

Global notices were sent to those connected on Freenode announcing that “the new freenode is launched” (reported by Xe, whom I trust):

[root] [Global Notice 1/3] We are moving past legacy freenode to a new fork. The new freenode is launched. You will slowly be disconnected and when you reconnect, you will be on the new freenode. We patiently await to welcome you in freedom's holdout - the freenode.
[root] [Global Notice 2/3] If you're looking to connect now, you can already /server chat.freenode.net 6697 (ssl) or 6667 (plaintext). It's a new genesis for a new era. Thank you for using freenode, and Hello World, from the future. freenode is IRC. freenode is FOSS.
[root] [Global Notice 3/3] When you connect, register your nickname and your channel and get started. It's a new world. We're so happy to welcome you and the millions of others.

As I understand it, the following has happened:

At this point, I can't even consider Freenode a serious network anymore.

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