Chat has returned to life! There are about five participating site regulars (myself, Steven Jeuris, Krysta, Josh and JoshGitlin) plus the odd people stopping by, which doesn't sound like much, but we're all fairly present, and we've had good discussions about the site, cognitive science and our personal work. Most of the activity currently seems to happen during GMT to EST work/prime time, but even if you're not in that range, please think about leaving a message or trying to see if someone is up later than they ought to be. Activity breeds activity, but someone has to make the first move and put themselves out there.
The last time there was a multi-line conversation was in September, so I don't think anyone is going to disagree with me when I say that Chat went and died. The last gasp for air seems to have been Seanny123 asking whether his answer could be improved about a month ago, and then nothing.
This is a worrying sign for the community (one of many, but I'm trying to keep a Q/A-posting schedule up for a while so that me bringing those up will look only passably stupid and presumptuous, rather than excessively so). On an SE beta, I think one of the first things users looking to see if sticking around a community is worthwhile is the chat, and this could cost qualified people.
In an effort to try to bring chat back to life, I will be idling there along with last man standing, Tim Stone, who may have actually died standing there. Stop by and enjoy my slowly growing collection of "echo" and Castaway quotes (Wilson is the chat) or, alternatively, talk to me about cognitive science/CogSci.SE. Either way is fine! I'm usually on-off around from 0800-1900 UTC, depending on meetings and whatnot. It's a bit hard to feel like there's a community to belong to right now.
Maybe I'm just dumb, but I had to look around a bit to find the chat link after coming back, so here's where the Axon Terminal link is.
IDLING MATTERS: It's one thing to come into a chat where no one is talking, but it's quite another to come into one that is empty with backlogs featuring months of deafening silence. It made me worried at first glance. If you can spare a browser tab, please keep a session running.
As an aside ...
Regular chat events?
When I wrote the title, this Meta question came up. There are lots of good ideas in here, but no answer was ever accepted and nothing seems to have come of it despite clear interest and upvotes. Does anyone remember what happened here? It's well before my time.