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 @imjordanUK I don't know if you're familiar with the phrase "the king is dead, long live the king", but it basically signals the death of one king and the ascendance of another. More generally, the phrase "X is dead, long live the X" can be seen as a metaphor for major change where X is concerned - the end of one era and the beginning of another. In this case, the dramatic migration of users to other services that didn't previously exist is noted, followed by the acknowledgement of a steadily increasing community of IRC users focused around the free/open-source software movement, most notably on the well-established Freenode network.In my opinion, this article was a very interesting read. As a long-term member of staff at an IRC network that thrived 10 years ago, but which has slowly shrunk since then, I can identify with many of the points mentioned regarding this exodus of users. However, it's put a smile on my face to see that it's a subject people still care about, and that the decline hasn't gone unnoticed. And it's very inspiring to see the remarkably steady growth of a large (10,000+ users) network over the past 9 years, compared to the dramatic shrinking of what used to be the largest IRC networks in the world. I didn't realise Freenode was growing so steadily.I remember when QuakeNet was untouchable in terms of connection numbers. It was unquestionably the largest IRC network in the world, by a good margin. But now Freenode's growth sees it just beginning to edge past the former titan, and is showing no signs of slowing. The king is dead, long live the king.

2 years, 12 months ago on IRC is dead, long live IRC