In addition to the various MySQL mailing lists and forums, you can find experienced community people on Internet Relay Chat (IRC). These are the best networks/channels currently known to us:
freenode (see http://www.freenode.net/ for servers)
#mysql is primarily for MySQL questions,
but other database and general SQL questions are welcome.
Questions about PHP, Perl, or C in combination with MySQL are
#workbench is primarily for MySQL Workbench
related questions and thoughts, and it is also a good place to
meet the MySQL Workbench developers.
If you are looking for IRC client software to connect to an IRC
network, take a look at
(http://www.xchat.org/). X-Chat (GPL licensed) is
available for Unix as well as for Windows platforms (a free
Windows build of X-Chat is available at