Still no progress on this in the CVS code? I've been trying to get optional addressing working, and all I've managed to do is break stuff worse. I suppose it might have something to do with not being a perl programmer. =] I did manage to get it to respond without addressing at line 106 in src/IRC/Irchelper.pl by using an ugly kluge, just saying 'or 1' at the end of that IF statement, but this causes a whole load of side effects, constant bot replies in channel, bot's flood protection getting triggered all over the place, etc. Looks like there's a lot of code missing around the bot in various places that would be needed to get the addressing/optional thing to work. Ugh.
I really wish this were fixed, too...