There’s a pretty big round of crazy going on in the free software/open source IRC sphere of late. I won’t get into the specifics here - it’s all over Hacker News and whatnot. (If you find this post years from now, you should check out HN’s “past” feature. It’ll help with context. Hint: “freenode”.)
It’s fortunate that I have no involvement with the goings-on of the past few weeks. My own chat situations happily do not intersect with where all of the drama has been happening.
I have only one piece of unrequested advice for anyone who thinks about running (or owning, I guess) an IRC network and/or using an IRC network: pick one or the other, but never both.
If you run the servers, don’t hang out on channels and chat.
If you hang out in channels and chat, don’t run the servers.
Otherwise, there’s a good chance you will end up in some kind of squeeze, whether from other people, or inflicted by yourself (and ON yourself) in some fit of prideful stupidity.