Traditionally RP happens in the local channel which you can only "hear" in direct proximity in your zone while fleet and every other channel is used OOC for that reason.
Personally I can't get myself to keep playing the same 3 butchered STF anymore or keep on senseless grinding, as there is nothIng i am grinding for.
What I want is content, and if the game serves as the sandbox to create my own content, so be it.
And I don't mean the foundry.
STO calls itself an MMORPG. Most people treat it like an MO (nothing massiv about it). I would love to put the RPG and with it the Trek back into it.