Cluenet – history

See also ClueNet:Historical on the old wiki.

Very little of Cluenet's past is recorded.

From a deleted Wikipedia article:

Chules.net[2] and C&H Services[3], two free shell account providers, who met when they both used the now-defunct ShellsNet as their official IRC network.

When the administrators of Chules.net and C&H Services became disgruntled with the changes to the environment of ShellsNet, they left but maintained relations. C&H Services joined with EvilHosting's[4] IRC network and became EvilShells. When the IRC network fell apart, C&H Services and Chules.net merged and became ClueNet.

Taking what they had learned they set about creating the right community and infrastructure to meet the ClueNet principle.

What grawity remembers, and/or has gathered from logs:

somewhere 2004–2005
Chules.Net shell service is created, with w00t.chules.net as a server, later secant.chules.net
somewhere in 2006
clueirc.net is created; #chules.net and #clueirc exist on clueirc.net
Jan 2007
cluenet.org registered, #clueirc created again.
2007 to 2010
The ClueNet shell network is born, connecting ~5 to 10 shell servers at any given moment, along with various extra services. The signup procedure is a bit stricter than elsewhere, but generally #clueirc consists of 100–200 people, plus some in the semi-related Arbelos Services channel.
around 2009–2010
Cobi introduces a new, more granular signup procedure; instead of answering a single 5–6 question application, it is split to individual "requirements", each of which is voted individually. Nobody bothers to vote, and the queue only gets longer.
2009 to 2011
Slowly, people start leaving. Some grow up, some get bored, others don't need the service anymore. New people sometimes come in, but get scared of the "new & improved" bureaucratic signup procedure. Shell servers go down, often without announcement.
Oct 2012
Activity on IRC suddenly drops rapidly, from ~20k messages in September, to ~8k the next month, and doesn't recover anymore (barely reaching ~5k per month afterwards).
2011 to present
The only remaining 'service' is #clueirc (although grawity still keeps LDAP & Kerberos running). Regular members: fahadsadah, grawity, henrik, nathan, webczat, a few others, and 30 persistent lurkers.
Apr 2017
Nothing has changed since 2012 – the Cluenet project is effectively dead.