if nobody seems to reply in chat ... don't worry! ...because ...
Just wanted to let you know that we use the chatbox for "checking-in" periodically while working on tasks. We say what we're working on, then stay logged in while working on something for anywhere from 5-60 minutes or so. Then check back in.
So if you enter the chatbox, and say hello, and nobody greets you, it's because everyone is working on tasks.
Don't run off right away, give us some time. Just wait a while and say hello again. Eventually somebody will come back from working on a task, notice that you're there, and say hello.
Occasionally, some of us get very involved in a task, and don't return, and forget to log out of chat. But usually there is somebody actually there!
Remember, if nobody greets you, it's because we're usually being productive, or occasionally being distracted elswhere. But nobody is ignoring you. Come back again!
There is usually someone in chat within a half-hour of you saying hello.
An alternative idea to pursue: Some if us do the following, from time to time: Type to yourself in the chatbox, talking yourself through the steps in a task, and then go off and work on it for a bit.
Welcome to PA.
(By the way, if the words display oddly in the chatbox, it might be your browser. The chatbox displays best in Firefox).
Edit to add:
If you type something in, if we have our computer speakers turned on, and if we have sound enabled in chat, we will hear beeps in the chatbox when you type. If we are away working on tasks, and hear the beeps -- that's how we'll know somebody is there. If you just sit there without speaking, we might not notice that anyone new has arrived in the chatbox. [This doesn't always work, as some of us have nonfunctional speakers, or have them disabled or turned off.]
If you want to know how the check-in chatbox works, please read here:
If you are looking for the chatbox meeting schedule, please read here: