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Nicks and nickserv

Why should I register my nick?

Registering your nick lets you claim ownership of it. Even if you are not online, you can make sure no one else is pretending to be you. It gives you an identity on the network. It means people can add you as ops or admins in their channel. It means you can register channels, thereby owning them too!

How do I register my nick?

To register your nickname you can use the following syntax:

/msg NickServ REGISTER <password> <email>

This will register the nick you are currently using. For example, if I am on the network as "joannac", I can type:

/msg NickServ REGISTER joannacpassword joannac@fake.email.com

An email containing an authentication code will be sent to the specified email address, so use a real email address!. Once you have received this email you can authenticate your email address with the following syntax:

/msg NickServ AUTH <auth_code>

Authentication must be completed within 24 hours or the nickname will be removed.

Why do I keep getting changed to Guest2358?

Two options:

  • You are trying to use a nick someone else has registered already. Pick a new one.
  • You haven't identified to your nick. Do so using the following command:
/msg NickServ IDENTIFY <password>

For example,

/msg NickServ IDENTIFY joannacpassword

You will need to do this every time you connect to the network. If your nick remains inactive (not logged into) for more than 60 days it may be removed!

I forgot my password!

That's okay, it happens. Type the following:

/msg NickServ SENDPASS <nickname>

which will send an email with a key to your registered email address. You can then authenticate to your account and pick a new password by typing

/msg NickServ SETPASS <nickname> <key> <password>

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