edit: to clarify, this is about asking in-game with not one person replying. I did do the bridge trick which worked. I still do not see anyone talking outside of the special channel I joined I found on STOwiki.
So I get the boff bug after gaining Lt Comdr, get in my other ship, and figure hey I will go to another sector like I have seen people talking in zone chat.
Two sectors crossed and going down to Memory Alpha and still I can not get them in. I even tried relogging.
I asked in space, and I asked on the planet in zone chat and no one single reply to even if anyone can see chat/is alive.
I thought I used to see a lot of chat on the Earth star base but for some reason it is dead silent.
I rechecked my chat and zone, etc are all checked.