Anyone who spends any time on the internet will run across these people.
The folk who senselessly flame away at someone, instantly dismiss their ideas as stupid or irrelevant, or outright attack the other person with abusive language.
These people rapidly incite anger and hatred amongst most people they communicate with.
They have many names.
Whatever name they go by, they make life miserable. If you run afoul of them, they will attack your opinion, your ideas, and you.
I fondly call these people “assholes”.
I was once an asshole, not too long ago. I trolled the mage forums. I attacked “nubs” for being clueless. I used to relentlessly attack people in trade chat, general chat, whatever.
I’d outright abuse and attack anyone who said something wrong, or asked for help.
I used to be one of the assholes who’d jump into general chat with the witty remark “L2thottbot” when someone asked where the herbalism trainer was.
When I ran with a mage who stacked spirit with his gems, I’d verbally abuse him until he left the party in tears.
I used to make any and every effort to ruin the time of alliance. At 60, I was running around in Ashenvale farming wool. I saw two mid 20-ish people at the summoning stone for Blackfathom Depths. Obviously going to summon some party mates. One of the two was flagged for PvP. I proceeded to one-shot the guy. And laughed. And waited patiently. The poor guy was obviously new, as he respawned long before the PvP flag faded. I annihilated him in this way 5 times before he stopped rezzing. The whole time the second party member stood there, waiting. At the fourth kill, he went /afk, and then logged out. That alliance group never did the Instance run. I laughed heartily at how I had single-handedly ruined their play time.
That is how I used to play the game.
No longer. No more.
I’ve changed, and it’s for the better.
When someone asks where the herbalism trainer is, I direct them to the nearest city guard, tell them to select “Professions” then “Herbalism”, and I tell them that the trainer will be displayed on their map. I will even give them some quick instructions on how to open the world map to clearly see where the trainer is.
When I see a mage with spirit-stacked gems, I let them know they’re wasting those stats, and tell them they should be stacking + spell damage, hit rating, whatever. I’ll even link them a couple of good gems to use, if I have them in my bag.
While running a lowbie guild-mate through SM, there was a couple flagged alliance there. I waved cheerfully and carried right on. Even helped them clear to the instance entrance.
At 70, I was farming for Firewing signets at firewing point. A little 61 gnome mage comes by, frost spec. He tries to do the escort quest. It quickly becomes apparent he will be unable to kill the mobs; he’s getting overun and losing health fast. The old me would have /lol and /cheer until he died, at which point I would have slaughtered all the mobs and laughed at him some more. The new me jumped right into combat, rooting all the mobs he had aggrod, Cone of Cold, etc, effortlessly killing six mobs that were beating on him. I even took the time to make sure he had tagged every one of them before I started attacking them, on the off-chance he could snag a little XP or lewt from them. He used /thank. I /salute, and went back to my grind. I was happy. He was happy.
Call me a carebear if you like, I’m fine with it.
The old me would have seen me happy, and the gnome frustrated and angry. The new me saw me happy, and the gnome was happy.
I am not nice to everyone. Not even close.
Remember those assholes I was talking about? They are my new targets.
When someone asks where Thrall is for a quest, and someone replies “L2thottbot, nub” I will whisper directions to the person looking for Thrall, and attack the “L2″ player. In public. Trade chat even, if possible. I show no mercy. I will not stop. If you try and argue back, chances are good you’re feeding me ammunition, which can and always is used against you to devastating effect.
There are those who make people’s lives better. They’re brave, they post on contaversial topics. They try to provide information, and do they best they can. There are those who are new, who shouldn’t be shunned. They should be helped, given info, whatever, so they can have a fun experience. This is WoW, it is a game. If you cannot have fun here, if you cannot get along with others, please. Heed this advice.
GET. THE. FUCK. OUT.
Leave the rest of us in peace, so we never have to read the mindless drivel your keyboard produces.
There’s a relatively new blog on wowinsider.com, called Bloodsport. Just a columnist trying to pull of an arena specific blog, about class balance and all sorts of goodies. The fellow did up a brief matrix chart, giving a rough idea of where the classes match up.
The first comment, from Zechleton. “I read the Warrior line in your matrix and stopped reading. Obviously clueless.”
Zechleton, might I humbly suggest you drown yourself in a lake? You’ll be doing everyone a favor.
Again taking from WoWInsider, this post briefly dealing with mages and 2.3.
There were plenty of comments here, it started off as discussion about the upcoming patch.
“agree with 11 & 13. PLEASE replace the writer of “Arcane Brilliance” his game knowledge is trivial at best.” – Anonym, 7:53 PM October 15th
“This article needs to be done by someone who does more than read the patch notes. Can’t you find somebody who can spend an hour a week reading the Elitist Jerks mage threads and churn out a summary of what they read there?” – Rudi, 8:02 PM October 15th
“Get someone to write that knows what the heck they are talking about. This is crap” – simplehiker, 8:58 PM October 15th
I would like to thank you, and all commentors like you, for your insightful and valued input. You have successufully identified a problem, and given helpful and constructive feedback.
If you didn’t notice, that was sarcasm. You have done NOTHING but attack the person who wrote the post. You criticize the downward spiral of the quality of posting, you attack the person writing the blog as an unintelligable buffoon with little to no knowledge, and… hmm, thats it. You want to do the job? If you aren’t being satisfied, go get the damn information by yourself. You say someone can get the information in seconds? THEN WHY DON’T YOU? Instead you complain and gripe, like the brainless fucktard you are.
You think these people spend their time catering to you? It’s a hassle for someone to go out of their way to give you some information. Did you see what happened with the warlock blog? That poor woman receieved so much flak, the blog stopped. Nobody posts. Sorry, warlocks, you don’t get a WoWI blog.
Do you want the same to happen to mages? Do you?
Get off the internet. Remove yourself from this planet. Do whatever you have to do to prevent yourself from interacting with any part of Society ever again.