People are on, but they don’t always talk. I do a lot of stealth leveling because sometimes I’m just not 100% committed to being on and like to take a lot of breaks. 😛
I’ve been back for two weeks. My last couple of groups started at 2, but finished with 3-5 people in them. One on a character that went from 200-350, and another on a character that went from 690-840. And I know a couple of people who are primed to make a 1k run like you are.