Is there an IRC channel where we can discuss Unity problems and solutions in real-time, rather than having to constantly update posts in UnityAnswers? IRC, or Internet Relay Chat is a free, real-time, text-based chat system.
Why yes, there is in fact an IRC channel for the Unity community:
Point your favorite IRC client to irc.freenode.net and join #unity3d to chat in real time.
Make sure to register your Nickname with the Freenode server.
I would recommend the in-editor IRC client that I have created for free: