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What about NickServ ?

To quote from NickServ's help text, NickServ's purpose is to help avoiding nickname confusions on IRC .   There is no such thing as ``nickname ownership'' , however NickServ sends a warning to anyone else who signs on with your nickname. If you don't use IRC for 10 weeks, your nickname registration expires for reuse.

Only a NickServ operator can change your NickServ password. To find out which NickServ operators are online, send


Nicknames with a `` *'' next to them are online at the time.

Nikos Drakos
Thu Jan 12 11:58:54 GMT 1995