Personally, I never liked #, so I quickly stopped using it back in the late # Sometime in the 2000s or 2010s, I started to use # (through their CLI client based on the "irssi" IRC client), and only through SILC did I learn to tolerate IRC. Today, I almost always use IRC through bridges to # or # MUCs.

And even though I usually have multiple terminal windows open on my desktop, I only use GUI IRC clients.