Irc issues: Cannot join channel

For a while now I cannot login to the #plone channel on irc (freenode). All other channels work fine with my nickname (pbauer). I usually use panicbnc to stay logged in but it does not work at all.

Here is the error:

Error(477): #plone Cannot join channel (+r) - you need to be identified with services - see

The same happens when I try to use with a random usernames.

FreeNode apparently defaulted to +r on all registered channels to kill spam.

Requiring users to register is not unreasonable.

It might be usefull but it significantly reduced the usabiliyi of IRC for beginners. Also I see the number of logged in users at #plone is significanlty lover than before the change to +r which is bad for new people asking questions on gitter.

To reconnect I had to do the following:

/msg nickserv register [somepassword] [myemail]

If you do not need to have a existing accound or password. You simply need to store your password. You then get an email with a verification code and instruction to enter the following:

/msg NickServ VERIFY REGISTER pbauer [someverificationcode]

And voila, you are logged-in to #plone again. You can now configure your irc-client to auto-login using that password. I use LimeChat and panicbnc as a bouncer.


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Please do not do that, if possible. They also provide SASL and certificate authentication.

Do not do what?

Authenticate by sending messages over IRC when the server connect itself supports it.