Open question to the greater community: would you all be interested in an official irc channel, with the same focus as Lobsters? The invite-only system has been pretty successful so far and has resulted in a very likable, homely community, which I think would make for a great channel environment. If jcs is willing to bless it, it’d be official, too. (I am aware of the bbs. I think it is rad! But the client is quite annoying to use.)
I registered ##lobsters on Freenode as a prototype. The channel is +g (any nick in the channel can invite another nick), so if you want to join, comment or message me with your nick.