I wrote an article for Double Dot Labs on how to join a channel on Freenode and register a username. IRC is fun. https://doubledot.dev/blog/2019-03-06-Freenode-IRC-Setup/
@gaab sorry, the point I was trying to make wasn't that it's difficult to use it without hosting, only that it's difficult for people to host. It's perfectly usable for people that just want to join in on a chat, but if you want to actually host a server yourself then it becomes a pain. I either need to buy a $200/month "business plan" from my ISP or accept that I'm violating their ToS and they can kick me off whenever I become unprofitable. Of course, this goes for things other than IRC too.
@gaab if you have a IRC server, that means there's someone that has to put up with the ordeal of hosting it. The operation of the server is dependent on a single person being there to maintain it and pay for the network plan all by themselves - and while others could contribute to it or make donations, they're still the only person that is or can do any of the work. One of the advantages of a decentralized network is that it removes this burden, allowing individuals to contribute more easily.
@fennifith Well I just my own server to host my stuff for the past 15ish years, currently paying a couple euros a month for a small VPS that happily carries all my personal things, so unless you need something nig, the hosting burden is not that horrible.
@fennifith and sorry for the typos :)
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