"The (evil?) IRC overlord and crew are wondering what you think about our new IRC network. What can we do better? What do you want to see happen with our new network? Heck, should we even have a new network?
See more in Landon's journal"
Oh, and about that voice thing: get the bots to give out voice during moderated discussions according to user karma and integrate better with the site.
We don't need a network for that and might make some friends on the existing networks for driving extra traffic to them.
Just my couple cents.