17 people have dugg my earlier story (and if you haven’t, please do so). That means there are 17 people who also wish to see Freenode liberated, and the PDPC brought into the control of the Free and Open Source Software community.
Now I need your help. This is not a one man operation. I cannot do this alone!
Rob Levin continues to abuse the community for his own profit, and this helps no one; the community was not build upon these ideals, instead it was built on the sharing knowledge, resources, and information to build better software and development procedures, and to build a community dedicated to these ideals.
Not only does Rob Levin effectively steal from the community using the false trust he fostered within the community, I also believe he is commiting tax fraud, and other forms of fraud, by not properly reporting the earnings of the PDPC, and his salary as a board member.
He also owns two additional domains under the PDPC name, and is using PDPC to pay for them, but is otherwise not putting them into use, or are possibly using them for nefarious purposes. These domains are
In addition to all of this, he is using his position as the head of Freenode to encourage people to donate to his Spinhome project. This project exists solely to provide him with an almost $250,000 motor home, and pay off over $31,000 of debts and bills. The PDPC nor Freenode profit from this in any way! The community also does not profit from this in any way!
If you’re willing to help liberate the Freenode IRC network, and its parent non-proft, the Peer Directed Projects Center, please contact me, either by leaving a comment on this entry, or by emailing me directly, email@example.com. Continue reading on how you can help.
What to do to help:
The easiest of them all, is to boycott Freenode altogether, and stop using it until Rob Levin leaves the network or changes his ways. If you are the developer of a project and have a channel there, you can move it to the Open and Free Technology Community, and alternate IRC network dedicated to serve the FOSS community. There are also many other IRC networks.
Report the Peer Directed Projects Center to the IRS for tax fraud. They have an easy to use form available.
Hopefully, if everyone acts on this together, Freenode will be returned to the community that Rob Levin refuses to be apart of.