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       Mozilla deciding against an open web
                     
       Created by toromino on May 19, 2019
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       Mozilla has been using IRC as their main communications platform
       for over two decades now. But on April 26 Mozilla Community Manager
       Michael Hoye announced their plans to move off of IRC. According to
       Hoye, IRC cannot meet Mozilla's expectations anymore. Arguing among 
       other things that using it would create an unnecessary technical 
       barrier for newcomers. Which by itself is a valid argument,
       considering that many young developers have never even heard of 
       IRC.
       
       However, Mozilla's plans get rather vague when it comes to products
       that might replace their IRC server. Yes Mr. Hoye explicitly said:
       
       > We are evaluating products, not protocols.
       
       Mozilla seems to have forgotten that there is a reason why IRC has 
       been adpoted in the first place. IRC was meant to be a public and 
       open protocol, accessible to everyone. At the same time a product
       is under complete control by a third party. This third party
       is under control over who may use their product and is able to
       place abitrary restrictions upon their users.
       
       Following Mozilla's statement, the Rust project which relied on
       Mozilla's IRC server announced their move to Discord. 
       Officially Mozilla is still evaluating products but if they were 
       to also move to Discord, this would be problematic due to a number 
       of factors. First of all Discord violates several of Mozilla's own 
       mission statements like Principle 6:
       
       > The effectiveness of the internet as a public resource depends upon
       > interoperability (protocols, data formats, content), innovation and 
       > decentralized participation worldwide.
       
       Discord is it's own centralized ecosystem, banning people for even
       trying to use a different client than their own proprietary one. 
       Furthermore Discord is known to collect much data on their users.
       
       Mozilla should be reminded that their mission is to ensure the
       web is a global public and open resource which is accessible to
       *anyone*.
       
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