NickServ allows you to "register" a nickname and prevent others from using it. The following commands allow for registration and maintenance of nicknames; to use them, type /msg NickServ command. For more information on a specific command, type /msg NickServ HELP command. REGISTER Register a nickname GROUP Join a group IDENTIFY Identify yourself with your password ACCESS Modify the list of authorized addresses SET Set options, including kill protection DROP Cancel the registration of a nickname RECOVER Kill another user who has taken your nick RELEASE Regain custody of your nick after RECOVER GHOST Disconnects a "ghost" IRC session using your nick ALIST List channels you have access on INFO Displays information about a given nickname LIST List all registered nicknames that match a given pattern LOGOUT Reverses the effect of the IDENTIFY command STATUS Returns the owner status of the given nickname UPDATE Updates your current status, i.e. it checks for new memos Nicknames that are not used anymore are subject to the automatic expiration, i.e. they will be deleted after 90 days if not used. NOTICE: This service is intended to provide a way for IRC users to ensure their identity is not compromised. It is NOT intended to facilitate "stealing" of nicknames or other malicious actions. Abuse of NickServ will result in, at minimum, loss of the abused nickname(s).
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