Since the early days of QuakeNet I’ve always wanted to run an IRC server but I’ve never had a real reason to do so. With Ablative Hosting starting to gain traction I’ve found that some people don’t want to send an email to ask a question or get support. It seems I now have my reason.
One of the key elements of Ablative Hosting is that it will primarily use cryptocurrencies so it can’t have it’s funding sources pulled as happened to FetLife. Bitcoin transactions are entirely public, ZCash has issues when moving funds between shielded and normal addresses so for the customer who demands the utmost privacy the obvious choice is Monero. When I first set about implementing support for generating Monero addresses (and monitoring transactions to the that address) I had standardised on using nginx to reverse proxy connections to various daemons.