Isn't the IRC in the sticky?
>Welcome to /fic/, the board for pony fanfiction and all things related to it! If you need help from other members or have a question, feel free to drop by the #fic IRC.
With #fic IRC being a link to http://client.canternet.org/?channels=fic
We can make that stand out more, definitely.
And, just on a personal level and not on any kind of official statement, I'm torn on replacing Filler at the moment. He was a great choice and a great mod, and I'm kind of on the fence of hope that he can turn his grades around and get his studies squared away, and perhaps return.
But that's obviously just a hope, and I will think about the possibilities of a replacement because even when he does, he may prefer to stay as a contributing user and part of the /fic/ reviewer crowd, which is enough work as it is, if he wants to keep his academics going smoothly.