What is PdgnCo?
PdgnCo (or pdgn for short) is a small IRC network founded on October 27th, 2014 by Aaron Weiss as an autonomous internet community to discuss tech, software, politics, media, and more. Its goal is to exist as a friendly, inclusive space for community discussion on an internet increasingly dominated by just a few multinational corporations. Pdgn reflects and embodies the spirit and values of its community. For transparency, we have a warrant canary posted here.
What are these values?
Transparency – All major network decisions are decided publicly in
- Autonomy – Administrators only intervene for the health of the network.
- Privacy – There is no server-side chat logging or inspection whatsoever.
- Education – pdgn is a place of learning, and aims to encourage it always.
- Community – pdgn aims to foster friendship and compelling conversation.
How do I access Pdgn?
You can access the network via your favorite IRC client. For graphical clients, we
recommend the aptly-named Pidgin on Windows and Linux, and
Textual on macOS. In the way of terminal
clients, many of our members swear by weechat. Once
you've found a client, you can connect to the network via
irc.pdgn.co. It's important to note that the
network is only accessible over SSL, and uses the standard SSL port
better latency, you may wish to access a regional server instead. Below you'll find a
table of our servers, and their locations.
|Server Name||Server Address||Server Location|
|Columba||columba.pdgn.co||New York, NY|
|Raphus||raphus.pdgn.co||San Francisco, CA|
Perhaps uniquely, Pdgn is also accessible in its entirety over
Hyperboria, a secure and decentralized network
using cjdns. As a general rule of thumb, everything can
be accessed through Hyperboria by prepending
h. to its address. So,
general network access is available via
h.irc.pdgn.co. Although cjdns has network-level
encryption in place, for logistical reasons, you must still connect with SSL. Below
you'll find a reproduction of the earlier table but with each server's Hyperboria address.
|Server Name||Hyperboria Address||Server Location|
|Columba||h.columba.pdgn.co||New York, NY|
|Raphus||h.raphus.pdgn.co||San Francisco, CA|
How does Pdgn operate?
Pdgn is maintained solely by its founder, Aaron
Weiss—known around these parts as
awe. The day-to-day decisions
about maintenance are largely decided by him, but are all reported publicly in
#pdgn. Community opinions are incorporated into every major decision about
the network. The network is hosted on DigitalOcean
and funded out-of-pocket by
awe. Pdgn has an official mascot named Pidgey.
She was lovingly designed by Shannon Sheu,
and later carefully vectorized by Grant Wu.