So much is happening…

Today has been an interesting day in ‘freenodia’, a day of reflection, and a day where both myself and my incredible staff got a feel of what it means to be surrounded and embraced by so many large and vibrant communities as those who choose to use the freenode network. We are proud and happy to host the projects we host, and we are tremendously grateful that by using freenode you allow us to get a peek behind the curtains on how your project operates, which is always refreshing.

We also appeared in the news today, when NewsForge and linux.com broke the news (though, old news to our blog readers!) of freenode and OFTC exploring further collaboration.

And we saw some changes to the structure of the PDPC board.

As of the board meeting on May 22nd 2007 a few changes have been made with immediate effect. David Levin has stepped down from his position as President. Christel Dahlskjaer (freenode Head of Staff) replaces him as President by unanimous vote, while David retains a position on the PDPC board.

Phil Stracchino follows in Christel’s footsteps, assuming her previous position as secretary pro tem.

Joining the board we have Richard (RichiH) Hartmann in the position as treasurer pro tem, representing freenode staff, and David (cdlu) Graham as a community board member.

All members of the board are excited to be working together to provide even better services to the communities we serve and look forward to a interesting future for PDPC and its sub projects.

We would like to thank all the freenode staff volunteers, server sponsors and users who have helped build up the organization and the projects as they are today. We could not have done it without you and appreciate your continued support and enthusiasm in helping us in our efforts to lay the structures for building vibrant peer directed communities.

Congratulations to the additional board members of the PDPC, both of whom were voted in unanimously.

The corporate officers of the PDPC are as follows:

* Christel Dahlskjaer – President
* Phil Stracchino – Secretary
* Richard Hartmann – Treasurer

The PDPC board of directors:

* Christel Dahlskjaer – Member (Head of Staff, freenode)
* Phil Stracchino – Member
* David Levin – Member
* Richard Hartmann – Member
* David Graham – Community Board Member

In unrelated news, it has come to the attention of freenode and the PDPC Board that certain users of the freenode network have been propagating unfounded rumors concerning the status of PDPC board members and freenode staff, claiming to represent or acting on behalf of the President of the PDPC Board. The Board wishes it to be clearly understood that these users do not speak for or represent either freenode or the Peer Directed projects Center in any capacity, official or otherwise. We politely request that you disregard any rumors about Freenode or PDPC obtained from sources other than official Freenode/PDPC communication channels.

We thank you for your attention, and assure you that PDPC will continue to operate freenode to the best of its ability in the best interests of the network and the F/OSS community.

On behalf of the PDPC board,

Christel Dahlskjaer – President, Head of Staff – freenode
Phil Stracchino – Secretary
David Graham – Community Board Member

The above is copied from the news announcement made here.

I hope you are all having a wonderful day.

Changes to the board structure of the PDPC

As of the board meeting on May 22nd 2007 a few changes have been made with immediate effect. David Levin has stepped down from his position as President. Christel Dahlskjaer (freenode Head of Staff) replaces him as President by unanimous vote, while David retains a position on the PDPC board.

Phil Stracchino follows in Christel’s footsteps, assuming her previous position as secretary pro tem.

Joining the board we have Richard (RichiH) Hartmann in the position as treasurer pro tem, representing freenode staff, and David (cdlu) Graham as a community board member.

All members of the board are excited to be working together to provide even better services to the communities we serve and look forward to a interesting future for PDPC and its sub projects.

We would like to thank all the freenode staff volunteers, server sponsors and users who have helped build up the organization and the projects as they are today. We could not have done it without you and appreciate your continued support and enthusiasm in helping us in our efforts to lay the structures for building vibrant peer directed communities.

Congratulations to the additional board members of the PDPC, both of whom were voted in unanimously.

The corporate officers of the PDPC are as follows:

  • Christel Dahlskjaer – President
  • Phil Stracchino – Secretary
  • Richard Hartmann – Treasurer

The PDPC board of directors:

  • Christel Dahlskjaer – Member (Head of Staff, freenode)
  • Phil Stracchino – Member
  • David Levin – Member
  • Richard Hartmann – Member
  • David Graham – Community Board Member

In unrelated news, it has come to the attention of freenode and the PDPC Board that certain users of the freenode network have been propagating unfounded rumors concerning the status of PDPC board members and freenode staff, claiming to represent or acting on behalf of the President of the PDPC Board. The Board wishes it to be clearly understood that these users do not speak for or represent either freenode or the Peer Directed projects Center in any capacity, official or otherwise. We politely request that you disregard any rumors about Freenode or PDPC obtained from sources other than official Freenode/PDPC communication channels.

We thank you for your attention, and assure you that PDPC will continue to operate freenode to the best of its ability in the best interests of the network and the F/OSS community.

On behalf of the PDPC board,

Christel Dahlskjaer – President, Head of Staff – freenode
Phil Stracchino – Secretary
David Graham – Community Board Member

PDPC Design Contest!

A while back we announced on the freenode news page that we are running a design competition for logo + website design for the PDPC (Peer-Directed Projects Center); the not-for-profit organization that owns and operates freenode.

This is a quick reminder about the contest still being on, and anyone interested are encouraged to get in touch with us by e-mailing [email protected]

As the PDPC grows and expands it has become clear that we would benefit greatly from a better web presence, and we would like to invite you to participate in our web design and logo contests.

We are announcing a public contest to design http://pdpc.us. The contest is open to all interested individuals, companies and organizations. To enter, please submit one or two PNG or SVG images that show the front page as well as a sub-page should the design differ on the two. At this stage we want only a design mockup; a fully-functional website is not required. Entries for the logo design should contain a PNG or SVG image of your design. The deadline for submissions for both contests is 20:00UTC on April 14th, 2007.

The PDPC board along with freenode staff will select the top 5 candidates for each contest, which will then be posted publically for everyone to review. We will then put the finalists through a community voting process.

Since the PDPC as an organisation believes strongly in open development and free information, we naturally have a strong preference for designs that rely only upon open standards; designs that rely upon flash animation or other proprietary formats are discouraged. The ideal design would be easily navigable and pleasant on the eye, and should be flexible enough that it can be used on other affiliated sites. The possibility for discreet advertising space is also desired. For practical and legal reasons, we will need to retain copyright on the winning design, so please do not submit entries for which this is problematic.

Psst. There is a prize!

[Announcement] Introducing the PDPC board

It is with great pleasure that I can finally introduce the new board of directors for PDPC, the not-for-profit entity that runs freenode.

Following Rob “lilo” Levin’s death earlier this year, the PDPC board has voted in new board members and are about to embark upon some exciting new tasks. The new board is as follows:

  • David Levin
  • Chris Mills
  • Christel Dahlskjaer
  • Phil Stracchino

With this new board come the new corporate officers for the PDPC: David Levin as President, Chris Mills as Treasurer, and Christel Dahlskjaer as Secretary.

Chris and Phil are both resuming their positions from the original board, with the newcomers being David, Rob’s younger brother, and Christel.

The board also saw the resignation of Seth Schoen. We would like to thank Seth for the time he has invested in PDPC, and wish him luck in his future endeavours. We trust that we will be working closely with Seth in the future, although he no longer holds a position on the board.

With a new board in place we are moving forward again, both from a freenode perspective and with other PDPC projects. For those of you who have been awaiting your PDPC sponsor cloaks, I’d like to apologise for the delay and reassure you that we will start processing the backlog over the next few days.

I would also like to extend thanks to the excellent volunteers who staff the freenode network, for their support, energy and enthusiasm over the past few months, our amazing and generous sponsors and last but not least, the diverse and vibrant userbase that make freenode what it is. Thank you for using freenode and have a great day!

Questions can as always be directed to [email protected], or feel free to /msg christel or LoRez on IRC.

Christel Dahlskjaer
Head of Staff, freenode

Rob Levin, a man who will be greatly missed

As previously announced last week, Rob Levin aka lilo, the father of freenode, passed away on the 16th of September. He had been in a coma after being hit by a car while riding his bicycle.

Many of our users and sponsors have asked how they can help Debbie and Benjamin, Rob’s wife and son, during this difficult time. We can now inform you that financial aid may be sent to his family using their personal paypal account, [email protected]

Condolences can still be sent to [email protected] and will appear both online in our book of memories as well as being professionally bound and passed on to Rob’s family.

Although for many people Rob personified freenode, we would like to assure you all that the network will continue to run. Over the years lilo built up a large body of staff members, including a wide variety of people from all backgrounds, countries and ages. We have ex-NASA employees, psychology students, ham radio enthusiasts and Debian, Gentoo and Ubuntu developers to name but some, all with their own unique qualities and skills. Combined with a passion for the FOSS community, this made them Rob’s number one choice to run the network with him, and we believe that they are also the people he would want to continue to run the network in his absence. Together we will ensure that freenode keeps running, and in a way which would ultimately have made Rob proud. We are currently working closely with the PDPC board and Rob’s family to make sure that all loose ends are tied up and that the great service you have come to know and expect will continue as normal.

Questions can as always be directed to [email protected], or feel free to /msg christel or LoRez on IRC.

[Announcement] Group registration and fundraising.

A quick note on a few current topics. First, new manual group registrations have been, if anything, slower than before. We apologize for this; we’re working on ramping up the freenode-registry project and concentrating on coding for the moment. The code is in the early prototyping stage and is going fairly slowly, though it’s beginning to pick up speed. However, the current manual group registration process is suffering while we work on the code which will eventually automate our processes. We’ll try to pick off some of the more active projects in the group registration queue and get them moving again. Thanks in advance for your patience.

A new social channel, #freenode-groups, has been set up for current holders of primary channel group cloaks. If you’re not in that category, the channel will forward you to #freenode, the old network staff social channel, which is actually currently forwarded, in turn, to ##bookmark (on a temporary basis) while we sort out which channels the network project is going to use.

Also, you may have noticed that the 2006-2007 PDPC fundraiser has not yet begun. Preliminary budgeting suggests that we’re very much on track for 2006-2007. We’ll likely have one or two small fundraisers during this fiscal year rather than a single large one. We’ll keep you posted, and you can help us stay on track by making a donation now instead of later.

Finally, the staff of freenode and PDPC want to thank you for using the network. We’re grateful that you continue to use the network in record numbers, and we’ll keep doing our best to help things run smoothly. Have an excellent week!