Well said Om3n, I agree, mIRC is what it is, and it is by all means genuine. Just like every person has their own character in the world of people, mIRC has its own, in the world of clients. There is no other way to state it. The originality of this editor speaks for itself, and therefore creates a stand alone hobby for IRC users.
Thats what keeps it interesting, and in my eyes, independantly successful because of it.