Today's Maintenance

As mentioned on Twitter, had a big maintenance today. It was probably the most noisy maintenance we've had in a long time.

So, what did you get?

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Surviving A Botswarm - A User's Guide

So yeah. has been under a sustained bot incursion for a few days now. The network opers are actively working the problem the best we can. At the end of the day, though, with the existence of cheap instant virtual machines and the wonderful world of Tor, this sort of incident is difficult to stop completely.

(For the record, I don't view this as an attack. Near as I can tell, this is one kid getting his jollies by occasionally spamming channels. This thing is mostly automated except when he gets bored and tries to taunt me with rainbow colors. Which, incidentally, is why hereafter this person will be known as The Rainbow Warrior.)

Anyway, I don't really want to talk about bored 14 yr olds.

Let's talk instead about what you can do to survive a botswarm.

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It is my privilege to announce the first batch of community opers.
Read more → Governance

After a much longer public review period than I intended, the governance proposal is complete. There was no grand explosion, no riots at my door, no death threats. I'm willing to call that a success and treat the governance proposal as accepted.

What follows below is the governance document in its final form.

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The Changes

In the last few weeks, I've made some changes to (Yes, I said "I". I'll explain in a bit.) The response has been mixed. Several "yay!"s, several "wat"s and a silence I'll assume is "meh". I want to take a bit and put some context around these changes and why I'm making them.
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