I went to the chat room and talked to some people and they were nice. I haven't gotten into anything intense there yet, but I'm glad I got in on the ground floor, so I hope it turns into something great. I'm nervous about the pair programming too, but I think it will help people advance as long as everyone is coming in with the spirit of helping each other. The chat is nice because if you can ask a question and someone jumps in to help you.
The only thing I'm worried about it finding coding partners, because I have some limitations that have me keeping odd hours. I've talked to some west coast people (I'm east coast) so it shouldn't be too big of an issue.
Hope I see you around!