Been a bit aloof of late, but still living the life on irc.
A few of us were chatting on the irc channel today (#hubski @ irc.mountai.net) and one user brought up the fact that no one has operator status on / ownership of the channel. Additionally, they noted that mountai is a somewhat obscure network (it appears to be by and large for a random Minecraft server) and that mountai has been buggy for large group discussions in the past (not allowing people to connect after a certain number).
Unfortunately getting ops on the channel would require everyone leaving, which is near impossible with the current number of idlers. I and others suggested irc.freenode.net as a replacement, as it is a popular server with decent channel / nick services, is committed to open source software (which Hubski may soon be, eh eh?), and is usually co-localized with irc users already connected to other software projects' channels.
I registered ##hubski @ irc.freenode.net, but unfortunately #hubski (which is recommended for official channels) is currently being squatted by an old user who did not wish to give up the channel and +m'd (forced silenced) the channel after we contacted them about it.
If you all want, I can pursue this with network's staff and see about re-registering it under a hubski admin or volunteer's control. So the question now is: Should I pursue this with the staff? Would the admins rather not have an official irc channel? Would you all rather move to a different network?
I like freenode and I'm of the opinion that ##hubski is annoying to remember and could look like a typo to the uninitiated. But I don't want to proceed further without community input.