an irc channel is pretty cool for debugging, however i have a problem with the fact that there is no "archive" which can be searched. this probably leads to certain questions again and again.
Yeah, we have this problem for #ntp.
That said, there are bots that will record everything seen in the channel, and you can then publish that as a log. There are irc servers which provide this functionality without requiring a bot to be logged in. If this is a major complaint, then you can either go the bot route or choose an irc provider that avoids the issue.