Currently Quakenet is infected with a Trojan that spams various channels with a link to a file. I've put the room in moderated status so we don't see messages from non-voiced people (normal mode). As a result, anyone who just enters the room will get an error message when they try to send a message.
There are two solutions for this, until the situation is resolved:
1) Message an op with the /msg nickname command (nickname being whatever the op's screen name is) and let them know you're there and would like to talk, they'll activate voice for you. If you are not immediately voiced, then try another op, if no ops respond, wait a while.
2) You can register with the quakenet Q bot which will allow you to be authenticated on quakenet. Once that happens, you're a known user and we can make it so you're automatically voiced when coming into the channel, or trusted. (Here
is some information on how to do that) Note: this ability will only be active after you are given auto voice ability by an OP, so option 1 is still required, but only once.
If the ops recognize who you are, they may give you voice before you ask for it. However, due to the nature of the situation, we're not going to voice every person who shows up without them specifically asking, since the problem is with a spam bot.
The channel mode will be lifted as soon as quakenet deals with the problem.