Freedom to Fork
Most online communities abuse and exploit their users. This is possible by making it difficult for users to leave: by taking away control of the servers, code, and data from its users.
To guard against network tyranny, we ensure that users always have the power to fork. IRCNow guarantees every user the right to the source code. Users self-admin the network. Our code follows the UNIX philosophy so that normal users can quickly understand and work on the code. We educate our users? so that the power of the code rests with the users and not merely in the hands of a few elites.
For this reason, IRCNow rejects the use of any proprietary software and vendor lock-in. Proprietary software and vendor lock-in restricts the users' ability to fork the project. We require network software to function using only open protocols and standards. IRCNow allows interoperability with proprietary protocols, but we never require them.
IRCNow is focused on making every component of our infrastructure easy for anyone to self host on your own hardware. If the network staff ever abuses their power, the users always retain the freedom to fork.