Just wanted to let you all know, that there's a new feature coming up
for the IRC protocol support. I'm going to wait until after the upcoming
(sub)release, though, so that I don't introduce more bugs, instead of
killing them off.
The feature is support for contacts and contact presence. You will be
able to add contacts to your contact list. (And they will be saved, of
course.) So you can add your favorite IRC buddies to it and immediately
get info on whether they are online or not.
More details later, when the changes are integrated, so stay tuned ...