Looks like there were a few problems last night connecting to freenode. As far as I can tell this is simply their automated banning in place when too many connections are received at the same time, in quick succession.
I’ll be implementing some sort of staggering of connections on mibbit, to try and relieve the problem, as well as discussing with the freenode guys to work out a solution.
Sorry for the issue, but it does seem to be their automatic bot kicking in.
All I can suggest is that you leave it a minute, and try again. Do *NOT* try lots of times in quick succession, because this will only anger their bot more
Also got agreements with irc.oftc.net irc.coldfront.net irc.foonetic.net so those should all work a lot better now
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