It is so sad there haven't been many people using parties up to rank 20. You only formed them for rank 20 leves, recruiting at the camp. So in the first weeks whenever I tried searching for a party using the party recruitment system, I was bound to find none. That is, aside from a rare Japanese only one, which I didn't feel like joining at the time. So because I couldn't find parties with the system, I stopped checking the system for a long time and I can imagine many of the launch people are no longer checking either.
This changed for me yesterday though, cause a party leader forced me to join up trough the system, although he was standing right next to me in Ul'dah shouting for members. Really good of him to do it like that, forcing people to get their feet wet with the system. And to my surprise, when I went into the party search, I was also seeing 2 other parties recruiting at my level range, so I'm guessing the system is slowly gaining favor for party creation for at least beyond rank 20.
We ended up with a group of 4~6, people coming and leaving. The party leader also refreshed the recruitment part every now and then. We killed stuff accordingly to how the party was set up at any given time (ie without a tank or healer we wouldn't do crab, but focus on chaining squishy things. In the end killing EP fast may actually have given more sp/hour then doing crab also :P)
As time goes on and more people get into their 20ish and start using the system, I suppose I'll be joining more and more parties on a regular base now.
Edited, Oct 28th 2010 4:08am by ShayAmora