This is part suggestion, part 'poll'.
Do a lot of you use the IRC channel?
I've gone a couple of times, and it's *dead*. Perhaps it's just my timing, but I'm not sure.
Speaking for myself, if the IRC channel was on irc.freenode.org, I'd be on it a lot more. I'm always on freedode as it has some great channels (##C++, ##gentoo, #sdl, #opengl, #[gaming-libraries-here]), and I'm not really familiar with enterthegame.org or what not.
Anyways: I'm not sure if there's actually a population problem on the irc channel, or if uprooting to freenode.org will fix things or not, but I thought it worthy to ask.