Yes the internet has achieved sentience and has a mind of its own, but that's not important right now.

The IRC software we use for chatting has nothing to do with AbsoluteWrite or this message board, and the Starchat ops who admin the IRC network have nothing to do with AW either. In IRC chat, we're guests using someone else's free service and we have no control over anything, except for the chat channels we created for our members. The database problem mentioned in this thread happened on that other network, not here!