Its not so difficult to idle in the channel actually. If there has been a discussion then you can always join in when you get back from idle. For anyone looking for a Mac client then Snak has a 30 day trial.
If you are worried about missing things that are stated in channel by one of the devs, don't worry. Pretty much anything said in there has found its way back here. Anything important would definitely find its way back. More often than commenting, one of the devs may ask a question to stimulate discussion, Zinc said to me in there one day that our opinions are listened to and used as a source of ideas and inspiration.
Its also becoming another community within the greater STO community. Come along and make some friends you'll probably meet again in game later on.
The trivia being held here is awesome news, thanks Awen. I hope its a real success. /tiphat