Hey Dace, it's been quite awhile but it's good to see you back.
Most of us don't bother with IMC anymore though I still keep my mud connected to it for pchat (for my players) and inews for myself and my players, not that I have that many active players these days, but.. unfortunately, ichat's not usually worth even listening to for me anymore.
I did see that you'd dropped by yesterday and the day before and I did respond to you in case you dropped back by (each of my mud channels has a history log that you can view by entering the channel name by itself) but I've been busy the last couple of days running around trying to find a job because my wife lost her job the other day and while it had been covering our bills, it hadn't provided us any reserve so things are pretty desperate right now, instead of just really really tight, for us for a change. I've left my character logged in so that his triggers are available to anyone who logs on and wants/needs them though. ..and so I can more easily see what, if anything, I'd missed in my absence.
Sadly, I'd have to agree that most player bases these days are down to just small clusters of friends, but there are still a few players who don't know coders/admins running around too, just not nearly as many as there once seemed to be.