So, GNOME turns ten today. I never had much involvement in GNOME, but I do remember when it first got started.
Miguel and his pals would basically just chitchat in #gimp, and newbies with GNOME questions would show up there too. Finally I told miguel to start up a #gnome channel. "But nobody would go there, everyone is in the #gimp channel already!" he said.
I remember the first time I saw two newbies helping each other in the freshly-created #gnome channel. I knew it was going to work out, and it wouldn't have to piggyback off #gimp any more.