THE point of a splash screen is so that a program doesn't violate "Visibility of System Status" - an app should go to painstaking lengths to avoid looking like its doing nothing when its doing something rather important, thereby annoying the hell out of the impatient user. A splash screen for mIRC isn't needed, but if mIRC supported something like user profiles, etc I could see a reason for it. Now, however, as everyone mentioned, its kinda inappropriate to have - so long as mIRC doesn't bloat up, it will remain that way.