See also ClueNet:Historical on the old wiki.
Very little of Cluenet's past is recorded.
From a deleted Wikipedia article:
Chules.net and C&H Services, 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 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;
#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.