Just a little note, someone else has written about Rob’s mismanagement of Freenode, Quinton Reeves.
As of now, I’ve spent the last two years on freenode. I, and many others, have endured constant harassment from lilo, including a highly frequent stream of global notices begging for donations, supposedly so he can focus more on freenode and less on trying to earn a living (and who of us wouldn’t want to be paid to sit on IRC all day, but I mean, come on). He’s been seen meddling with channels, and their politics, but rarely ever seen doing actual work which would benefit freenode. Several times, IRCd and Services projects have been started to improve the network, and discontinued due to lilo’s politics getting in the way of actual implementation, pissing off more than his fair share of developers in the process, including myself, as I was naive enough at the beginning to think I could help this shell of a network be a better place, even after my own dream had been dashed.
I totally agree with Quinton, Rob doesn’t know when to stop, and ends up ruining the network for everyone else.