Let me preface that I'm not trying to make anyone upset, but I want to reiterate something from Reddit to try and help others.
There was a hypothesis about "If they are gradually raising the cap, when does that happen" and the people who HAVE logged in or have heard of people getting in had been asking the time.
I logged in exactly at 10:30 PM EST. When I logged into Ul'dah, I asked: "How many people just logged in here? Please press 1." and /sh was spammed immediately - and that's only one zone.
The plane of thought is :00, :15, :30, :45 - I originally started getting queue messages at :15ish? I was posting in other threads as it happened, then was able to log in exactly at :30.
I'm sorry for anyone else who hasn't been able to play, I tried for 4-5 hours last night and 12 hours today so I'm not without the same grief. <3