Why can’t I use my Nickname?

There may be cases where your Nickname is either in use or held by Services -- either of which can be resolved. (If you have registered your nickname with NickServ.) In most cases, this is due to a ghost connection that has not timed out yet.  You can /WHOIS myNickname to see if you have a ghost connection (that has not timed out yet) due to connectivity issues. There may also be times where another user is using the nickname, if you have turned protection (KILL) off.  (By default, this is set to ON and gives a user 60 seconds to IDENTIFY to the nickname.) Additionally, there are also times when NickServ is holding your nickname -- this happens when another user was using your nickname and did not IDENTIFY…
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