I agree. The atmosphere is more conducive to making real conversation. I've already met some people that I am genuinely happy to see pop into the IRC chatroom. I've already spent a little over an hour on Skype with someone wanting to make videos and needing help with pronunciation of "American English". I'm enjoying myself.
What a mention of IRC and no proper shameless /t/irc plug ? Tsssssk Cheski you know better :P
Yeah, I thought better of it after posting. I got distracted with work. Stupid need for money!