Welcome to our board, Nocturne
And, thank you for the suggestion!
Regarding IRC channel, a few years ago we opened the IRC channel to be used as a designated chat channel for our members because occasionally we had been getting requests for a chat channel, and for a while the board really pushed and promoted the use of the channel among our members, organizing video viewing night and other stuff
, but I guess it never really caught on as a part of board activity among our members, as only a handful of members actually signed on there, and then even less and less members were using it and eventually it fizzled out, and because of a long period of inactivity the whole "IRC Circle" stuff is now archived. Sorry.
(We'll be merging this thread to Suggestion for the board thread later. ^^)