I'm ignorant what the H*** is an IRC channel?
IRC is a way of chatting live like Instant Messenging but designed more for large number of users. instead of IRC maybe we could add a live chat on the site that doesn't require anything to install
Internet Relay Chat (IRC) is one of the most popular and most interactive services on the Internet, Internet Relay Chat lets people all over the world participate in real-time conversations. A channel is a room on the IRC server, you need an IRC client to connect to an IRC server like mIRC for instance, I used to download a lot of movies and TV shows from IRC, I still get some movies from there.
Itcdr you are most likely familiar with WINMX. Think what we need is something like the PM capability along with the open chat which are nice frills.
That can wait until all of the Upload and Download stuff is done.
it's actually pretty easy to add a java powered Live IRC Chat area to a site..
but I couldn't tell you how much bandwidth it would use
I totally agree with Joker
Forums OK for now other things stated far more important for morale of the site.
Chat Box anyone?