Account registration FAQ

1. How do I register my nickname / account?

Use this command:
/msg NickServ register nickname password

The server will dispatch a verification code and further instructions to
your e-mail address. Ask in #darwin if you have problems.

2. How do I authenticate to my nickname?

You should enable SASL in your client. Freenode's guide covers many popular

If your client is not listed, it may have its own documentation or help pages.

Note that many clients only support a single password field. In this case, you
should configure your SASL password as the password and omit the server
password (`smellyoulater`) entirely; the server will accept a successful SASL
authentication in place of the server password.

If your client doesn't support SASL, there are potential workarounds;
you may be able to script your client to authenticate to NickServ
automatically, with `/msg NickServ identify nickname password`.
Ask in #darwin for support with this.

3. What are the benefits of registering my nickname?

If your nickname is registered and all your clients are configured to use
SASL, then you will be able to use the same nickname from multiple clients.
Conversely, you can protect your nickname so that no one else can use it,
even temporarily, with `/msg NickServ enforce strict`.