our "new" IRC channel is now at
This is because we assume that if you ask a question, you expect a proper answer that is both correct and complete and solves the problem. Replying to mailing-lists or forum posts allows us to finish our current work first, then come up with and write down a thorough reply. As a nice side effect, such postings are available for future readers and can be archived and searched.
All that being said, we're looking forward to meet you - either here or there!