Given the situation over at Freenode, maybe the time to migrate to a self-hosted solution. Oragono is highly recommended for that as it is super easy to self-host and has a lot of neat modern features build in.
Whats the situation on freenode?
Also see: https://lemmy.ml/post/64019
Overlaps somewhat with /c/floss_replacement and /c/privacy; crossposts welcome