Group Registration Closure

Our group registration system has been around for some time, in various guises.  Over that time, our small but dedicated team of staff has attempted to keep up with demand for groups.  Unfortunately, in the early years of GRF, this generated a substantial backlog of processing, since the system was very manual, a lot of data was processed (restricting the staff who had access) and each group can take some time to properly investigate.  To address this issue, we’ve tried a number of alternatives, such as priority group emails, and, lately, a streamlined group registration system known as “grf-f”.

For various reasons, these replacements haven’t worked quite how we’d want or need them to in order to achieve our objective of registering groups in a timely fashion.  Meanwhile, development of GMS, our automated replacement GRF system, continues.

For these reasons, we have taken the decision to temporarily close the group registration system.

What this means is that –

  • No new group registrations will be accepted from this point onwards, until further notice.
  • Outstanding grf-f applications already in the queue will be processed in due course.
  • Outstanding “old style” GRF applications will *not* be processed (most of the applications in this set are very old now, and the people who submitted them should have seen at least one reminder to refile under grf-f)
  • All existing registered groups are unaffected and continue as normal.

Please bear with us whilst we work on where we want to go next with this system.  Meanwhile, if there are channels currently owned by freenode-staff that your project could make use of, please contact a staffer to see if (provisional) op rights can be granted to your account. (These would likely be done on a somewhat temporary basis, until such time as registration re-opens.)  Note also that this is *only* to gain ops on channels, *not* for obtaining group cloaks.

As always, thanks for flying freenode!

mrmist.

April 1st, the aftermath

It’s been two weeks since our April Fools quiz; thanks to everybody who participated. Several people managed to complete the quiz; the first eight are:

  1. dwfreed
  2. bikcmp
  3. divVerent
  4. sbp
  5. meridion
  6. heftig
  7. JoshuaA
  8. [bjoern]

Here are the riddles and their solutions, in the original order:

Stage 1, the picture linked on the blog:

ITucplOwnTShozIfVT1cM2u0VTWyVPZwp3EupaD=


This was base64 + rot13 encryption,
##start

Stage 2, topic in ##start

###### MLG UZHGVI GSZM


Encryption A-Z Z-A,
“NOT FASTER THAN”

With a bit of thinking, this led the users to ######neutrinos

Stage 3, topic in ######neutrinos

#### C0LEMAK 43WRXC 34PTCXRW XSF34GDVC BHJ6 CTP4GHKNL7 87JHKMEN


Solvable with a picture of the Colemak keyboard layout and a bit of tracing with your fingers. Following the path between the keys on the keyboard gave you C, O, D, I, N, G.

Stage 4, topic in ####coding

3. #### Find a five-digit number in which the last number is the sum of the first, second, and third; the third is four less than the last; the fourth is two less than the last; and the first and fourth added are one less than the last. The last number is also three times the second.


Plain math, 13579

Stage 5, topic in ####13579

#### This “huge” work, written over twen ty years, contains ten books. What colour is it?


The Great Book of Amber
####amber

Last Stage, topic in ####amber

i yam what i yam but i yam ####

which lead to ####popeye, the final channel.

We hope you enjoyed our little quiz and had a great time.

Help us test our services upgrade!

Very soon we will be upgrading your favourite network helpers… (no not erry…): NickServ, ChanServ, Alis etc. They’re currently connected to our testnet and we need your help with testing, looking for any issues which may affect the production network.

You can connect to our testnet at testnet.freenode.net port 9002 (or 9003 for SSL)

The full changelog is rather long and not all of the features offered by atheme are loaded on freenode. So to help you out, we’ve pulled out the highlights which we think deserve attention:

  • NickServ’s certfp module. (see /msg nickserv help cert and this link.)
  • NickServ will now notify you in real time of failed logins.
  • NickServ’s previous limit on password lengths has been increased.
  • ChanServ will still hand over single-# channels to freenode-staff on expiration of the channel founders, but the method has changed.
  • NickServ & ChanServ’s ‘set’ commands have had a general reorganisation behind the scenes. Nothing should be visibly different but it won’t hurt to check them!

Please note that the services database on the testnet is probably more than a few days old. Don’t be surprised if recent changes you have made on the production network aren’t replicated there.

We’re all in in #freenode on the testnet so please come find us there if you have any questions or bugs.

Finally, look out for a followup blogpost (hopefully quite soon) with some important information on the upgrade itself and our planned database cleanup!

Thanks for using freenode!

P.s. a full list of changes from atheme ~5.1 to ~6 can be found here

Network wide policy privacy change

ITucplOwnTShozIfVT1cM2u0VTWyVPZwp3EupaD=

ITucplOwnTShozIfVT1cM2u0VTWyVPZwp3EupaD=

 

UPDATE : Yes, this was an April Fools Joke.  Some of you fell for it, some didn’t.  There’s still time to complete the quiz and get an April Fool cloak, if you can figure out where to go…

At dawn, we ride for FOSDEM Castle

As usual, some of us will be around at FOSDEM.

A possibly incomplete list of us includes Fuchs*, kloeri, Md*, mquin, RichiH, and spaceinvader; asterisks indicating first timers. We may or may not update this list as attendance changes. As a first, we will have a somewhat stable base for people wanting to meat us. I (RichiH) will help man the beer token sale for the Beer Event this year, it’s not unlikely that other staff will stick around as well. The first one to tell me where the quote is from (in person) will get a beer token.

Also, staff pets ahf and sejo will lurk the shadows of FOSDEM, ready to fulfill our every wish and dream. If you see them, toss them food.

Defocus’s visit to the opticians: new guidelines

A couple of months ago, mrmist posted about the #defocus-focus channel, which was looking to improve the atmosphere in #defocus.

One of the areas that has been concentrated on is improving the ruleset for the channel.  A number of people including Fuchs, dax, Ttech and others have involved in this improvement process.

As a result of the efforts of all the fantastic people involved in that channel, we now have a new set of guidelines for #defocus. You can read them on our website.

Hopefully these changes bring the guidelines up to date with the general expectations and aims of the channel. As always, comments are welcome!

Martinp23

On SOPA/PIPA

Today, January 18th 2012, a number of websites, organisations and institutions along with countless individuals have chosen to take a stance to protest the proposed SOPA and PIPA legislations.

We believe that these acts could have a significant impact on the way in which we currently use the internet, and we strongly encourage and support raising awareness about the legislative proposals in order for people to make an informed decision about their stance on the issue.

Whilst we will not be partaking in any blackout to mark the occasion, we very much welcome frank and open discussion about SOPA/PIPA in ##sopa on the freenode network. The channel is not run by freenode staff, but was created by some people with a passion about the topics covered by the proposed legislations. If you feel passionate about SOPA/PIPA or you want to find out what all this is about, why not come along and join in the discussion?

As the USA is a power house in so far that they directly or indirectly control most of the internet’s infrastructure, and the proposed legislation has been written in a manner in which they specifically take into account “foreign rogue sites”, the legislation will, should it pass, have an impact upon the world as a whole.

For more information about SOPA/PIPA, please see:

 

Focus on #defocus

We’ve been working on improving the environment in #defocus for a while now.  We think we’re on the right track with opening up channel moderation to more than @freenode/staff/ but we need your help to get to where we want to be.

So this is a call out to those who think that they might be able to work with us to improve #defocus further.  If you think you have what it takes to be a #defocus channel operator, or simply have some ideas that you want to share as to how the existing or new team can improve things, please /join #defocus-focus where you can state your desire to be considered for the team, or share your ideas, or both!

(Don’t worry if you’re the first one there, either, someone has to be!)

Hope to see you there.

mrmist.

Wednesday Server Updates

This Wednesday (September 14th, 2011) we will be continuing our server updates as mentioned here.

The following servers will be affected: leguin, gibson, wolfe, hitchcock, and pratchett.

During the update process these servers will be restarted and anyone connected to them will need to reconnect. You may wish to connect to an alternate server if you are currently connected to one of these.  You can check what server you are currently connected to using the command “/whois nickname” with your own nick as “nickname”.

We apologize for any inconvenience as we continue to improve the technology behind freenode.

Update: This is now done.