For those people wondering what the problem is with LICQ, apparantly compiling with -fno-rtti causes it to segfault whenever it accesses code in a plugin that requires it (such as the QT plugin when it's linked against libqt2.2). Upstream is aware (and it was fixed in CVS), but I haven't been able to get it working on 0.85. I am considering simply packaging a CVS snapshot; I'm just not sure how to handle a version number for it yet.
The question of enabling SSL support will wait until I've gotten my subscription to debian-legal sorted out so I can ask questions about whether or not I need to give the package up for adoption by someone in the free world.
Oh, on the off chance that you come across this, sorry to hear about Netizen, Skud. We've only encountered each other in passing, but I hope you folks all find another happy home to hack in.