If you want to send something to a user who isn’t currently online, you can take advantage of a built-in service called MemoServ, which ferries brief messages between users with registered nicknames. (If your addressee hasn’t registered his or her nick, you’ll have to find some other way to communicate. If you haven’t registered your nickname, go read the previous section already!)
To send a message, use the following command:
/msg MemoServ send ADDRESSEE MESSAGE
As with NickServ, some clients allow the use of
/ms as an abbreviation for
If there are new memos waiting for you when you log in, you’ll receive a notification from MemoServ. You can generally read memos with:
/msg MemoServ read ID_NUMBER
Once you’re done with them, you can delete memos by using:
/msg MemoServ del ID_NUMBER
Differences between memos and feepbot notes
- Memos are delivered network-wide. feepbot notes are delivered in the channel where they were sent.1)
- Memos are sent to NickServ accounts, while feepbot notes are sent to nicks. The former ensures that only someone with access to the recipient’s account can read your memos, although they can authenticate to it while using any nick.
- Memos are stored in a private account “inbox”, where they remain readable until the recipient chooses to delete them. feepbot notes are delivered once, with a public message when the recipient either joins or says something in the target channel, and then deleted. This is a disadvantage when communicating to users with unreliable connections.
- Memos can be forwarded to a NickServ account’s registered e-mail address (
/msg MemoServ set emailmemos on).
.note global NICKin a private message, are an exception to this rule; they’re delivered via private notice whenever the recipient is active in a channel visible to feepbot.