NewNet Services '98

Compiled 6/25/98 for additions/corrections email JumpMan,   LadyBear , or EddieB

---=============================== NICKSERV ================================---

NickServ allows you to "register" a nickname and prevent others from using them. If the nick is not used for 30 days, the registration will expire. The following commands allow for registration and maintenance of nicknames; to use them, type /msg NickServ (command).


REGISTER Register a nickname
Syntax: /msg Nickserv REGISTER (password)
Registers your nickname in the NickServ database. Once your nick is registered, you can use the SET and ACCESS commands to configure your nick's settings as you like them. Make sure you remember the password you use when registering - you'll need it to make changes to your nick later. (Note that case matters! FIDO, Fido, and fido are all different passwords!)

Guidelines on choosing passwords:

Passwords should not be easily guessable. For example, using your real name as a password is a bad idea. Using your nickname as a password is a much worse idea ;) and, in fact, NickServ will not allow it. Also, short passwords are vulnerable to trial-and-error searches, so you should choose a password at least 5 characters long. Finally, the space character cannot be used in passwords.


IDENTIFY Identify yourself with your password
Syntax: /msg Nickserv IDENTIFY (password)
Tells NickServ that you are really the owner of this nick. Many commands require you to authenticate yourself with this command before you use them. The password should be the same one you sent with the REGISTER command.


ACCESS Modify the list of authorized addresses
Explanation: Modifies or displays the access list for your nick. This is the list of addresses which will be automatically recognized by NickServ as allowed to use the nick. If you want to use the nick from a different address, you need to send an IDENTIFY command to make NickServ recognize you.

Syntax: /msg Nickserv ACCESS ADD [mask]
 Adds your current hostname to you access list.
Example: /msg Nickserv ACCESS ADD achurch@*
 Allows access to user achurch from any machine in the domain.

Syntax: /msg Nickserv ACCESS DEL mask
Example: /msg Nickserv ACCESS DEL achurch@*
 Reverses the previous command.

Syntax: /msg Nickserv ACCESS LIST
 Displays the current access list.


SET Set options, including kill protection
Syntax: /msg Nickserv SET option parameters
Sets various nickname options. option can be one of:

    KILL Turn kill protection on or off
    Syntax: /msg Nickserv SET KILL (ON|OFF)
    Turns the automatic protection option for your nick on or off.
    With kill protection on, if another user tries to use your nick they
    will be given one minute to change to another nick. After which their
    nick will be forcibly changed by NickServ.

    SECURE Turn nickname security on or off
    Syntax: /msg Nickserv SET SECURE {ON|OFF}
    Turns NickServ's security features on or off for your nick.
    With SECURE set, you must enter your password before you will be
    recognized as the owner of the nick, regardless of whether your
    address is on the access list. However, if you are on the access
    list, NickServ will not auto-kill you regardless of the setting of
    the KILL option.

    PASSWORD Set your nickname password
    Syntax: SET PASSWORD new-password
    Changes the password used to identify you as the nick's owner.

In order to use these commands, you must first identify with your password.


DROP Cancel the registration of a nickname

Syntax: /msg Nickserv DROP
Drops your nickname from the NickServ database. A nick that has been dropped is free for anyone to re-register.

In order to use this command, you must first identify with your password.


RECOVER Kill another user who has taken your nick
Syntax: /msg Nickserv RECOVER nickname [password]
Allows you to recover your nickname if someone else has taken it; this does the same thing that NickServ does automatically if someone steals a kill-protected nick.
When you give this command, NickServ will bring a fake user online with the same nickname as the user you're trying to recover your nick from. This causes the IRC servers to disconnect the other user. NickServ's fake user will remain online for one minute to ensure that the other user does not immediately reconnect; after that minute, you can reclaim your nick.

Alternatively, use the RELEASE command to get the nick back sooner.

NOTE: In order to use the RECOVER command for a nick, your current address as shown in /WHOIS must be on that nick's access list, or you must supply the correct password for the nickname.


RELEASE Regain custody of your nick after RECOVER
Syntax: /msg Nickserv RELEASE nickname Instructs NickServ to remove any hold on your nickname caused by automatic kill protection or use of the RECOVER command. By default, such holds last for one minute; this command gets rid of them sooner.

In order to use the RELEASE command for a nick, your current address as shown in /WHOIS must be on that nick's access list, or you must supply the correct password for the nickname.


Syntax: /msg Nickserv GHOST nickname
Terminates a "ghost" IRC session using your nick. A "ghost" session is one which is not actually connected, but which the IRC server believes is still online for one reason or another. Typically, this happens if your computer crashes or your Internet or modem connection goes down while you're on IRC.

In order to use the GHOST command for a nick, your current address as shown in /WHOIS must be on that nick's access list, or you must supply the correct password for the nickname.


Syntax: /msg Nickserv INFO nickname
Displays information about the given nickname, such as the nick's owner, last seen address and time, and nick options.


Syntax: /msg Nickserv LIST (hostmask)
Lists all registered nicknames which match the given pattern, in nick!user@host format.
/msg Nickserv LIST *!
  Lists all nicks owned by
/msg Nickserv LIST *Bot*!*
  Lists all registered nicks with Bot in their names (case insensitive).
/msg Nickserv LIST *!*@*
  Lists all nicks owned by users in the domain.


Syntax: /msg Nickserv STATUS (nickname) Returns whether the user using the given nickname is recognized as the owner of the nickname.

The response has this format:
nickname status-code where nickname is the nickname sent with the command, and status-code is one of the following:

0 - no such user online or nickname not registered
1 - user not recognized as nickname's owner
2 - user recognized as owner via access list only
3 - user recognized as owner via password identification

Up to sixteen nicknames may be sent with each command; the rest will be ignored. No error message is generated if no nickname is given.


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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