Good lord, yes, the servers are **** quiet. That's partially because I've come to the conclusion, at least on Kashuan, we've got a lot of FF newbies. They're 'say'ing questions in at bearded, some run all the way back just to ask. Shout a question in town, get crickets. ****, shout "Free Beer at the Mizzenmast!", get crickets.
I was standing off LL's docks fishing away with 8 other people. After 5-6 attempts at chatting (yes, I know crafting it takes typing speed, but fishing? It waits) I decided to talk to the fish. I eventually got someone to at least laugh at me.
Shout conversations do noone any harm, but I played Kujata exclusively in FFXI... and we were a social bunch if you weren't a *******. We'd shout elemental spawns during light under Jeuno (can't remember the name right now), shout greetings, shout for parties, shout for party-fills, shout at mobs... ****, we'd even shout the occassional NM. Though, admittedly, that was usually "Hey, I found X! Can it kill me?" Heck, a few times I would be zoning something and shout 'Free xp mob at zoneline!' Of course, I was also hoping someone would save my ****... ;)
Yes, it's quiet. Doing my part to fix that, but we'll see what happens. :)
XIV: Misfit Stormrider - Kashuan
XI: Kujata - Razoredge (Long Retired) A possible retainer idea