If you don't know what purplerbot is, you can stop reading if you
don't care. If you do see: https://anticdent.org/purple-irc-bot.html

Because I was lazy, I never registered the purplerbot nick with
freenode. Sometime in the recent past freenode made it so that you
had to be a registered nick in order to be able to send private
messages to at least some and maybe all users.

This meant that commands like `p!spy openstack-nova` (that and
additional commands explained in the link above) would result in
no output, no error message, nothing. The bot's server side error
log clued me in and it is now fixed.

If you've now read this and the blog posting and think "hey, I
want purplerbot in my channel", please let me know.

Chris Dent                      (⊙_⊙')         https://anticdent.org/
freenode: cdent                                         tw: @anticdent
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