There was with D&D and other RPGs.
As to the OP, I think one reason people do not reply much is because the chat window is hard to read most of the time. The light shade on the window makes it so you can't read anything unless you hover the mouse cursor over it. Not being able to change font color is another killer.
This server seems great to me, see people looking for leve groups most nights. As far as linkshells go, I am in a small one with 4 other friends with no big plans on becoming huge. More or less a starter shell pretty much. Even with the shell we mainly talk in Vent/Teampspeak.
If you do roll here give me a shout and I can hook you up with some starter gear for Pug if you wish. I have a ton of Hemp and not much to use it on.
Survivor of the Twinkling Treant - 2003
FFXI - Cerberus - 99 PUP, 75 BST-RDM-BLU
FFXIV - Besaid -> Balmung - 9/23/10