Because IRC-chat is not a feature people want on a site like this, at this point in time, I guess. I introduced it because I thought it could add to the interaction. And because it was a trick I knew how to do.
I'm guessing it will find a use as soon as, for whatever reason, there's 10 or more people on at any one time, and the forum just gets annoying because some people start posting one-liner messages every minute or two.
There is a kind of instant messenger plug-in for this phpBB thing, we might want to give that a try at some point...
But I guess it wouldn't hurt of more people hung out at #xda-developers: I'll open a window... Having said that: being a developer box, my machine boots more often than your average PC...
Gotta finish some other stuff first though. Expect new a XDA-developer toy and a (minor) update of The Manipulator this afternoon.