Just know that Freenode seems to be 'hijacked' by private company. Will there be a massive migration from Freenode?
Description on Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Freenode#2021_ownership_change_and_conflict
Discussion on HN of recently founded new IRC network by previous Freenode member:
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