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Proper newbie IRC question here: in order to access the #django IRC channel on freenode, I need to register a nickname with freenode.

freenode’s instructions for that are here:

It says to send a message like the following via IRC:

/msg nickserv register <password> <email>

I’m using Colloquy on the Mac. How can I send a message like that using Colloquy? I’m not clear on how I can send IRC messages without already being in an IRC channel, and obviously sending a message including my password in an IRC channel, with other people able to see it, doesn’t sound like a good idea.

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you send it to a 'service', a special purpose bot. and you can send that message as soon as you are connected to the server.

  • click to "chat.freenode.org"
  • click 'console'
  • enter:
/nick yournick
/msg NickServ register yourpass yourmail
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Ah! Yes, once I’m connected to the server, the “Message User” icon in Colloquy is enabled. I sent register <password> <email> to the user nickserv, and it worked. Cheers! –  Paul D. Waite Dec 9 '10 at 18:02
or that way, i had to install that client. real men use irssi :) –  akira Dec 9 '10 at 18:04
ok. That is fine. I have registered my nickname. But how can I get the registered nickname when I login to webchat.freenode.net irc? –  ARUN Dec 30 '13 at 18:39
@ARUN: you fill out the form on webchat.freenode.net, it's all there. –  akira Dec 31 '13 at 5:48
It's retarded that this simple answer is located nowhere but here, everyone who trys to explain just makes it worse. thank you! –  Karl Morrison Mar 28 '14 at 12:49

You can simply goto http://webchat.freenode.net and use the web chat interface to register.

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