This Wednesday (September 14th, 2011) we will be continuing our server updates as mentioned here.
The following servers will be affected: leguin, gibson, wolfe, hitchcock, and pratchett.
During the update process these servers will be restarted and anyone connected to them will need to reconnect. You may wish to connect to an alternate server if you are currently connected to one of these. You can check what server you are currently connected to using the command “/whois nickname” with your own nick as “nickname”.
We apologize for any inconvenience as we continue to improve the technology behind freenode.
Update: This is now done.