I have seen a few post recently asking what has happened to chat. From what i understand RYL chat as we know it was shut down due to issues with maintaining rules and things across platforms.
I used to use chat a lot, and found it very helpful at times so was dissapointed when it was shut down.
I have found another site that offers a instant chat similar to what RYL used to have. It can be found here: https://thegoodlimbo.com/forum/app.php/chat