That is understandable @JoshData! I was not suggesting that you host something yourself.
Freenode can take care of hosting an IRC channel for you. Many FOSS projects use it for their official communication: e.g. awk, git, bash, kde, latex, postgresql, qt, redis, vim, xfce, octave, and these are just some of the ones I’m registered to.
Setting up a channel (e.g. #mailinabox or #miab) is really easy. With your permission, I can help you set one up.
Edit: I contacted a freenode admin, this is what he had to say:
[23:53:07] <kline> the most important thing for you to do is to get the
author on board with this :)
[23:54:15] <kline> once that's done, use this as
a template for an email to email@example.com :
[23:55:10] <kline> you should include evidence that you're a
representative of the project, which in your case is some way for us
to verify/prove that the author has given you responsibility to run and
register the channel :)
[23:58:06] <mr_sm1th> Alright thank you I will do that.
[23:58:13] <mr_sm1th> Hope I'll manage to convince him.
So, with your blessing we can make this happen by tomorrow evening. If you need more information about me, you can send me a personal message.
Also, my apologies for sounding abrasive earlier. That was not my intention! I just really want to be able discuss this amazing project with you all.