The Diablo Phenomena had hit the servers. Many previously frequent players were already on break or slowing down in anticipation of MOP. Then Diablo kinda caused servers to vacate a huge number of players in addition to the already dwindling server activity.
I can only imagine what it would be like on a low pop server, but, I feel it when I have a gapped raid spot and it takes more than 30 minutes to pug an RDPS.
So, what are you doing now in this lull? Still making plans? still stockpiling goods? how about speculation on inflation? BMAH and some other gold sinks could have a pretty big effect on slowing inflation considerably. Account wide achieve and mounts could too. I know I will definately by buying the YAK... and who knows abou the JC panther. Still a lot more information to process and collect from the Beta.
For now I am back on focus of stocking with a snatch list, and leveling toons. Get the tailor/engineer and the farmer leveled up. And continue to raid. I would like to get all of DS HM while it is still current, even if it is nerfed.