Yeah, I have went into the chat room several times today. (It is 12:48pm where I live,) and I have had no luck in talking to anyone. I'd say the best way to keep from encountering this is to schedule a chat time with someone in advance, but make sure that you don't stand that person up. It's happened to me (not here at VT, but elsewhere.) It's really annoying. Good Luck in finding people to chat with. I'll PM you if you want me too....
PM me if you need to talk.....I am always listening.