It has been a long road for firebot, the sometimes overly chatty companion on Mozilla’s IRC server that I’ve operated for almost 10 years, but the time has come for me to part ways with the bot.
On June 1st, 2014, firebot will shut down.
The reasons for this decision are somewhat vague, but put simply, I don’t have the time to invest in continuing to maintain the bot anymore and I’m not interested in its development. Firebot is based on mozbot, which has seen very little development for basically the whole time firebot has run it, its code needs to be rewritten, moved to a modern version control system and broken features need to be fixed. Compounding that problem, I’m not involved with the mozilla project anymore, so configuration changes are hard for me to manage. I also have difficulty keeping up with all the channels the bot is in, which ones he should be and shouldn’t be to keep him available for new ones.
If someone else wants to step up and take him over before the June 1st deadline, contact me. (admin at firebot.pcfire dot org )
Thanks for all the support for firebot for the last 10 years
— Chris (Wolf)
(Cross-posted from The Firebot Blog: http://firebot.pcfire.org/2014/05/13/the-end-of-firebot/ )