Snoonet joins the PrivateInternetAccess.com Family!

From: Snoonet Foundation (Shane Allen, Jeff Sandberg)

Snoonet is pleased to announce that it is the newest addition of the PrivateInternetAccess.com / London Trust Media, INC family. Below is a written explanation of what is to be expected and our manifesto to keep IRC, its community culture, and all current operations as is but promote knowledge and growth moving in to the future.

What is this, and what does it mean?

The vision is simple: Put a protective bubble around IRC culture and its communities, release funding for development and community events, and make sure the mission statement carries in to the future. No operational changes will be made, and things will continue as usual. This just gives us more resources and options to work with going in to the future.

Why does this matter?

Snoonet was created Apr. 28, 2012 with one vision in mind: Create and maintain bad-ass stuff for the infinite amount of Reddit communities. In the 5 years of its existence, Snoonet has maintained a certain vision of valuing its communities by hiring its community leaders to help protect, and provide a home for its userbases.

London Trust Media and its subsidiary PrivateInternetAccess.com believe in a much bigger picture with regards to community culture. If we take a step back and look at it, the picture is clear. “Be there for the communities, and allow them to grow without influencing community evolution.”

How did this come about?

This past Christmas, I, Shane Allen reached out to PrivateInternetAccess. It’s been a long journey over these years in both Snoonet life and my personal life. When reaching out I asked for one thing after explaining what Snoonet stood for and was about. I had asked for help buying my staff Christmas gifts and helping me to show them a thank you for believing in something we all put so much time in to build. I expected maybe a few hundred dollars so I could buy some sweaters, coats, mittens, etc for the children of our staff, and maybe provide some food to the staff members who could use a little help.

Because I was about something more than myself, the owner, and director of marketing took a great interest in our mission. After speaking with them for a bit I came to learn that they grew up on IRC and valued it so much as it’s where they started off, like many of us learning to program, network with others, and run our community live chats. They then donated $25,000 - a global network of high powered servers, and offered up to $300,000 worth of free VPN accounts to show that they believe in being selfless, and just want to make the world better.

I then traveled to the owner’s house with some slight expectations, and some doubt – do nice things just happen to us? To my surprise, I was blown away after playing endless rounds of Mario Kart, and witnessing them hard at work with what they believe in.

Day 1 of meeting them, they practiced their fighting and grappling - their way of keeping in shape and pushing each other to find new limits. I saw the amount of funding and the reasoning behind it that they pump in to open source communities because they value FOSS, and support people working hard. I witnessed them come up with business ideas and carry them out within minutes of the ideas forming; something that would take me a year to do alone. - I bared witness to epic level awesomeness. Hackers, gamers, visionaries like us just doing their thing… making the world better.

At the time of this statement, I write this from our new office in Denver, CO where I now hold the ability to make all community culture better, with my new title being

Shane Allen, Community Relations Manager

Snoonet IRCv3

Snoonet looks to quickly adopt full IRCv3 capability.

We will be developing a new website based around The Lounge to give our website an actual use. We look forward to seeing the implementation of IRCv3. When we get the ‘Okay!’ we will upgrade all our IRCd software to implement full IRCv3 functionality.

We love IRC

IRC is an old protocol that can finally benefit from a face lift to make our modern clients better to use. Please look at the IRCv3 project here and check out our road map. The aim is to upgrade the protocol of IRC to provide better functionality of future developments. We look to see its health and growth remain positive!

IRCv3 Roadmap and Documentation.

If you love IRC as well, try to help and pitch in where you can!

Moving Forward!

Moving Forward: Management Changes

Welcome our new Network Director

We would like to announce the appointment of bloodygonzo as our new Network Director. Bloodygonzo will be responsible for leading and making executive decisions for Snoonet, and will have final say regarding network operations going forward. Many of you already know bloodygonzo from his involvement in Snoonet communities, including the popular network bot, gonzobot. He’s distinguished himself as a leader on the network and a champion for increasing community interaction.

Network Leadership

Jeff “Paradox” Sandberg and Shane “rdv” Allen will be moving to founder roles, retiring from day-to-day operations. They remain as network owners and will provide input and advice to network operations where appropriate, and will continue to play a role in identifying talent and managing staff.

bloodygonzo

bloodygonzo has made your network community bot gonzobot! You can see it here and utilize it! He helps new-comers with creating python modules, and has the idea of helping every body that needs something in their community! You can contact bloodygonzo at for additional information!

What does this mean?

We expect to continue to strive towards the goals of our Mission Statement. We’ll continue supporting communities as usual, offering network assistance in #help and discussion in #snoonet. Expect updates from bloodygonzo in the New Year as we move forward together.

The new network director will be focusing entirely on the mission statement

Keep it real.

Introducing our newest partner - Private Internet Access!

Today, Snoonet is pleased to announce our newest partner - Private Internet Access!

Owned by London Trust Media, Private Internet Access is a provider of consumer VPN services. Their sponsorship couldn’t come at a better time as Snoonet continues to grow and develop new, innovative things for its communities!

Private Internet Access have generously donated $25,000 to Snoonet to assist with community building efforts. In addition, they have provided us with 11 new servers which will be equally dispersed among our geographic profile as needed. We are extremely grateful to them for this as it’ll allow us to focus on bigger and better things as we finish up with 2016 and head in to 2017!

To celebrate this new, exciting partnership, Private Internet Access would like to give away 5,000 accounts with a free 1-year subscription to the service. These are available on a first come, first serve basis and Snoonet will initially be giving out only 500. If you’d like one, fill out our request form.

Check out the news release from Private Internet Access here

Privacy Concerns

Our Privacy Mission

There’s been chatter about Snoonet, or myself Shane “rdv” Allen individually as Snoonet’s owner that we log all traffic on Snoonet, which is incorrect. I’ll clarify in a short, simple post.

These accusations are false, the logs are fabricated, and targeted to hinder Snoonet’s vision. Snoonet does not log messages on its network, or have any ability to spy on its users. The staff all work together to keep each other accountable for their actions. I would be no exception, even as Snoonet’s owner.

However the users on Snoonet do keep private logs of the channels they are in, which can not be avoided on any platform.

I personally was doxxed, harassed, threatened, and belittled. However, I’ll take one for the team.

I made a post clarifying the situation here on reddit

SSL

If you feel your messages are being spied on by your internet service provider, the government, or even on Snoonet’s end, please connect to irc.snoonet.org on port 6697. We have a signed certificate for secure authentication. If you need help setting up your IRC client, please ask in #help

Extra security online

Snoonet will be working directly with Private Internet Access to provide users with home VPNs for their home devices. This will help increase anonymity if users such are looking for extra security online. The details have not yet been worked out on its partnership, however we look to have the ability to offer free, or reduced payment to users on Snoonet.

If you would like to apply/be in the queue for a Private Internet Access VPN, make a post with this form

Snoonet’s Mission Statement

This is a reminder of what Snoonet is about. Trolls will not sway this vision.