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We do have an IRC. On the top bar with New Posts, FAQ/Rules etc., there is "Chat". Click on that, and there you have it! We also have a Pokemon Showdown server which you can find easily on the server list, which is basically a battle simulator and we chat there too.
Welcome to PC, Branny! I'm Cirno, it's nice to meet you. :D
I'm glad to see you posted a bit already. Hopefully you find those section(s) you're most interested in very soon, if you haven't already. I wish I could battle you, but unfortunately I do not have much experience in battling yet and am having issues with my WiFi connection right now. Guess that gives me time to read up on movesets and practice, though!
And yep, as stated, we do indeed have an IRC! Looks like someone already explained to you how it works, so hopefully we can chat over there in the future. :3 That's all from me; enjoy your stay on this wonderful forum and feel free to contact me if you need any help at all!