The #mysql-dev irc channel on freenode was created with the idea of getting the community people more involved in active discussion about mysql internals and development. When the channel was first created this happened for a few weeks and I was pretty happy to be able to observe and participate in the discussion. Now it’s mostly idle.
It seems that some people at Sun think there is still active discussion or internal developers paying attention to the channel because the GSoC web page directs people to #mysql-dev as a point of contact. The problem is there isn’t anyone there answering questions. I’ve seen quite a few people over the past few weeks ask questions that have gone unanswered. I think it’s time to restart the movement to open development and using #mysql-dev for discussion.