The boards pretty much became infantile with the new shift, for some reason. Uboa has been busier than this and will probably end up getting that way again. An ounce of preparation, etc.
And honestly, the IRC doesn't have anything to do with modding skills. I understand better now where you were coming from on the PR bit, now. But the thing is, Seisatsu isn't asking for moderation skills. That isn't anywhere in the application, otherwise I'd agree with the fact that the IRC point is irrelevant to being a mod. But seeing as he's looking for fresh people with likely no experience in moderation at all, there's no reasoning against it being a larger requisite of becoming a mod. Otherwise, if he were looking for qualifications, I'd agree. The IRC would take a back-seat to skill, in that case.
Mainly the IRC is wanted for the real-time communication aspect, and the insurance that a person is alive and active more than checking the mod logs to see when they logged in.
When the board picks up again in due time, the capacity of IRC will be useful. Give it a month or so when everything's a bit more stable and we've got a few functions we lack. Sorry if I came off as an ass originally (I probably did, lol).
Also, good luck to all the recent applicants!