I don't really look at the irc channel for a help room, its more of just a friendly chat that occationally one of us regulars will have a problem that we may be too lazy to look up and don't feel like posting. People in the room usually have done or have tried to do the same things we are doing with our computers, so if we have a simple problem chances are someone in there knows what to do. The forums are where we (IRC regulars) post if we have a serious problem we dont' know how to fix (see my Internet Problems in WinME post in WindowsOS - nobody fixed that). The channel is just simplier if I want to drop a line in on Poertner, Papa, Phatman, without taking them away from the ongoing conversation by sending them an AIM message. If people don't want to sift through the first page in this thread to figure out how to get on, then it doesn't bother me any. Do you really think having it on a more populated server would actually bring in people to the forums? I don't. Having it on a small server doesn't matter one bit to me - the channel still works the same no matter how big of a server its placed on. Basically the channel isn't there to solve problems, occationally it is though, its more of a place for people to come and just bulls*** with each other.