Forgot about IRC. Been a year or two since I've been on it otherwise I would have recommended it. While I don't frequent IRC anymore, I think it is better than using Skype to communicate. There are also forums like this one. Outside of those I don't know what to recommend to you.
Then you are lucky. I used to be a part of two programming IRC communities and every time I asked a question I usually had to ask it repeatedly every hour til someone answered it because of how everyone would be too busy chatting about their personal lives. Main reason I left IRC almost two years ago now.
I've been informed in PMs that I frustrate users because of my attitude, annoy the hell out of users, and flat out piss them off. If those users are on IRC then it would be pointless to join because they would put me on ignore making me essentially talking to myself. Not really selling points for me to join. I can't make everyone happy, but I can avoid adding to their dislike for me by avoiding IRC and posting less.
I don't mind at all. I'm not any help on the site anyways.
I think the OP would be better off just asking questions here or getting on the irc channel. With IRC, the only downside is that you would have to hope you catch someone on and that they are knowledgeable about the topic you are asking. Then, if you aren't as picky, there are always mailing lists that most shudder to join.