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Bye bye PDPC 

Sadly, we were forced to dissolve PDPC, freenode’s parent organisation.

When the organisation transferred across from the US to the UK we wanted to keep the organisational structure as close to what it had been before (change is scary, right?) -- however, we made the conscious decision to no longer have any paid employees after Rob Levin passed away. This meant that everyone involved with the organisation were volunteers and we no longer had anyone who could invest the time and effort required to do fundraising and similar tasks, meaning that the organisation was unable to sustain the levels of donations required to obtain and maintain charitable status in the UK.

Due to the massive reduction in financial support we found ourselves in a position where being an incorporated organisation cost more than what we were able to bring in in donations and after years of operating at a loss it was decided that we would apply for the dissolution of the corporation in order to drastically reduce costs. The application has been processed and the organisation has been dissolved; to further reduce costs we have also discontinued the majority of infrastructure services for which the organisation paid, together with the reduced administration and organisational fees this means that we are now in a position where our outgoings are restricted to domain renewals! We would like to thank everyone who has contributed to the organisation in the past, users, organisations and staff in particular, who has always been (begrudgingly?) happy to contribute towards the difference in order to cover the deficit.

What does this organisational change mean for freenode?

In practise it means very little, the PDPC has never been involved in the day to day operations of the network and there will be no changes to the way in which the network is run. freenode is staffed entirely by volunteers from all over the globe who contribute their time and expertise to keep the network up and running in between contributing to various other FOSS projects.

What about other PDPC projects, such as fosscon, geeknic, and the fossevents site?

These projects will continue as they have before, and we invite you to attend fossconn[0] for real world talks and collaboration, to join a geeknic picnic or plan your own at http://geeknic.org, and to check out http://fossevents.org for events in your neighbourhood and around the world.

I appreciate the work you do and I still want to contribute

The best way in which to help the network is to contribute time -- help out in #freenode or elsewhere on the network, assist users in finding answers to their questions and help us try keep the channel and network temperature at a nice, comfortable level which encourages collaboration! If you are low on time but still want to help out you might be able to help us through your company or organisation by becoming a server sponsor (See Hosting a server[1] for more information). If you feel that one particular volunteer has helped you out and you want to say thank you -- ask them if they have a preferred charity to which you could make a small donation! With time we might update our website to provide links and information of such preferences. Alternatively, you may consider donating to one of the following projects: 
 - https://www.softwarefreedom.org/donate Software Freedom Law Center 
 - https://supporters.eff.org/donate Electronic Frontier Foundation
 - http://www.openrightsgroup.org/donate/ Open Rights Group

Existing PDPC donor cloaks

Existing PDPC donor cloaks will remain valid for a full year, after which they will be converted to unaffiliated cloaks. Ongoing donations will be cancelled by us. If you have previously donated to PDPC you'll still qualify for your donor cloak as normal. If you believe you're due a cloak and we haven't processed it yet please contact us[2]. 

[0] http://fosscon.org
[1] http://freenode.net/hosting_ircd.shtml
[2] http://freenode.net/faq.shtml#contents-gettinghelp
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I love freenode. Thank you, PDPC for all you've done over the years. You've done a hell of a job, and are a great bunch of folks. I'm sorry to hear about the dramatic drop in donations, totally understand your reasonings for the dissolution, and am saddened such a great Org is no more. I've been IRCing since IRC was first introduced so many years ago, and freenode has been on the top of my list of preferred server groups for almost as long. Again, thank you for all you've done.
 
This is kind of a "withering away of the org". Thank you PDPC, but thank you also to all the volunteers who are keeping things ticking regardless.
 
Made the jump from EFNet to Freenode back in the early 2000s and never looked back.  I met great people who became friends, I've found jobs through the channels and I look forward to existence for many more years to come.
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