It’s been over 4 and a half years since I created this service, what a wild ride. We’ve laughed, loved, shared priceless memories, praised our lord and saviour Stallman. It’s brought me a lot of joy to be able to leave social media and build a community outside of it, I can’t imagine going back. But today comes the day where we are transitioning perthchat.org into a private invite-only service.

The reason for this change is that perthchat.org in it’s current form is unsustainable, the effort and cost involved in maintaining the service just keeps rising over time. Whether it be in the form of storage, ongoing maintenance, or moderation of the service we no longer have the time and resources to keep up with it.

Thankfully as a federated network you can still enjoy our rooms and interact with our users, for finding another homeserver you can register to check out: https://joinmatrix.org/servers/

The service will remain online for the foreseeable future, so if you have a perthchat account relax it’s not going anywhere, we will also continue to maintain the public rooms on the service. New accounts can be created manually if you know myself, @wings or @nug IRL.

We’re happy to have contributed to the Matrix ecosystem for the time that we did, and hope to enjoy a more relaxed involvement with the community going forward.

Thank you for choosing perthchat.org!