Yeah, I know. Some people do still use older versions because they really like a particular script that doesn't work on newer versions. Just wanted to throw it out there. I also use the latest version of mIRC. But I do tend to weigh in the compatibility issue when deciding whether to use $v1 or not. For a script that I *really* want to have available for everyone, I won't use it. For any that I don't care so much about, I will use it.
Besides, not using $v1 doesn't slow things down enough to matter unless you're doing it a LOT in a script.