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NickServ is a utility used for registration and protection of nicknames. If you would like to protect your nickname from other users, then you must create an account with NickServ. Also, you must have an account with NickServ before you will be able to send memos or create channels.

To register your nickname, you must type the following command once you are logged onto the network:

/msg NickServ REGISTER <password> <email>

Replace the "password" and "email" portions of the command with the appropriate information. For example:

/msg NickServ REGISTER mypass003

Warning: You are required to register with a valid email address. If you do not, your nick will be rendered unusable. We may conduct investigations of the nickname database often to insure that all addresses are valid. Please heed this warning. It isn't all that difficult to get a free email address on the web; just search.

The next time you log onto the network, you will be prompted by NickServ for your nickname password. To identify to your nickname, type the following command:

/msg NickServ IDENTIFY <password>

Please replace the "password" portion of the command with the password which you used to register your nickname.

If you attempt to identify to NickServ more than X amount of times, your nickname will be temporarily held by services. The services program does this by logging a bot onto the network under your nickname as an extra security precaution. It is now necessary to "release" your nick before it can be used again. To do this, type the following command:

/msg NickServ RELEASE <nickname> <password>
Of course, replacing nickname and password with their appropriate values. This should log the pseudo client off of the network and return your nickname to you.

If you are inexpectantly disconnected from the server, you may find that your nickname is in use upon reconnecting. This happens because the server is not notified of your unexpected disconnection and thus does not log off the dead client. These are called "ghosts." It is not necessary to ask an Administrator to disconnect the ghost for you; services provides a command that will allow you to do this. Use the following command:

/msg NickServ GHOST <nickname> <password>

If you need further assistance with the NickServ service, please type the following commands to retrieve information:

/msg NickServ HELP

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