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The Memo Service can be used to leave a permanent private message to another IRC account. To use it send a chat message to the special IRC account named MemoServ.

How to send a permanent and private message

The IRC command:

/QUERY MemoServ SEND kindling Test message.

...uses MemoServ to send the private message Test message. to the registered user kindling. It also opens a dedicated chat buffer/window with the IRC service, so you can can keep using it with ease. You can also replace QUERY with MSG to obtain the same result without opening a dedicated chat.

The server will behave as a mail inbox and store a copy of all communications made in this way.


After accessing the IRC server as the registered chat user foobar you execute:

/MSG MemoServ SEND kindling Test message.

This generates:

  1. A stored message entry in kindling's MemoServ;
  2. A direct chat notification from the IRC service to kindling (only if kindling is logged in);
  3. A mail message from the IRC server to kindling's email address:
To: "kindling" < ... >
Subject: Libera.Chat New Memo


You have a new memo from foobar:

Test message.

To disable this feature, use /msg NickServ SET EMAILMEMOS OFF via
If this message is unsolicited, please contact
with a full copy.

ApacheAlertBlack.png Limits

  • This contact method does not support PGP encryption or signing, so expect an answer to your IRC account using the same service;
  • The IRC service stores a limited number of messages and refuses to send/receive new messages after this limit is hit. Cleanse the old messages manually with /msg MemoServ DELETE OLD from time to time;
  • You can specify a message of up to 300 ASCII characters;
ApacheAlertRed.png Many email clients like Mozilla Thunderbird are configured to hide all markup contents. It is wise to only use pure text;
  • The IRC operators can examine the contents of all your IRC sessions.

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