Sysadmin maintains an IRC Bouncer (BNC) for all registered KDE developers. The software used for this bouncer is ZNC. The advantage of using a bouncer is that you can see what happened on a channel when you are not connected it to.
You can request an account via a sysadmin bugreport, mention your identity.kde.org username.
You will receive a password from sysadmin. Then you can login into https://bnc.kde.org:7778/ and configure the bouncer. Most of the settings are straightforward or explained in the user interface. Some nice settings are:
- add the freenode network, and configure the channels that you want to join.
- for each channel set the buffercount, this is the amount of lines you would like to see replayed when you connect.
- for each network, in the module list, fill in 'awaynick' and 'simple_away'. This will be your nick when you are way or not connected. It's important that users know that you are not really around. Make sure you also tick the checkboxes.
- add your freenode password behind 'nickserv' and tick the checkbox so you will be properly identified to the freenode network. After saving the settings the password will be blank, this is ok.
Then you would need to connect to it. You would need the following settings in Konversation:
- add a new network, called KDE, connect at the start
- add a new server to the network, use bnc.kde.org as server, fill in 7778 as port.
- fill in "yourusername:yourpassword" (without quotes) in the password field and check the SSL option.
- you do not need to set any channels in konversation, it will join the channels you have setup in the web interface earlier.