Yes, I am having similar issues. I would guess there are not a lot of people using pine/alpine anymore
I run alpine, it says "Opening Inbox" with some dancing ASCII. rsh to server timed out.
Or I get strange terminal problems (using putty) where the password prompt shows up funny, or I see both the spinning ASCII stuff AND a password prompt, etc etc.
Strangely I just tried it and it worked for the first time in about a week.