Account registration FAQ ======================== 1. How do I register my nickname / account? Use this command: /msg NickServ register password validEmailAddress@example.com 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 clients: https://freenode.net/kb/answer/sasl 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, anyone not logged into your account will be unable to use your nickname. You can also enable a vhost (i.e., a fake hostname that will be displayed in place of your real IP-based hostname). For details, `/msg HostServ help`.