Of Community Norms

Of course, I am the one with the problem. Community norms differ, and if you arrive with different norms, failure to meet your expectations is your problem, not theirs. “Impolite” is a culture-relative term.

If most lower-level instance runs have been “level 80 plus 1-4 alts” for the past year, it is perfectly reasonable to expect that someone is going to do it for you. The group leader might be amiss in putting together anything else without warning people. If you receive a tell with two to four characters and a question mark, your interlocutor might reasonably expect you to recognize that as an invitation to a specific instance, zone, or quest line.

I find it annoying and rude that people use the trade channel for guild recruitment when there is also a dedicated guild recruitment channel. I am obviously at odds with the norm, because I have never seen a single message on that channel. Realistically, one channel will absorb almost all the discourse no matter what it is labeled. In City of Heroes, it was our badges channel; in The Lord of the Rings Online™, global looking for fellowship. Whichever channel has the most people will have the most chatter and attention-seekers, so it should not be surprising to see a trade channel filled with discussion about who sucks.

Announcing what items you just put on the AH, though, you’re obviously a screwball.

: Zubon

4 thoughts on “Of Community Norms”

  1. Every single player I know leaves the Trade channel in WoW immediately upon entering a city for the first time. The danger of psychological damage from reading all that tripe is too great to dismiss.

    It usually helps to turn off /yells in your chat tab too.

    Alternately I just switch to a Guild chat-only chat tab. My Tells chat tab will flash if someone sends me a /tell.

  2. WoW channel spam wasn’t why I quit that game, but it was one of those things that made it really easy.

    On the other hand, I went for quite a while without turning it off and being often amused as I was using Eloquence. http://wow.curse.com/downloads/wow-addons/details/eloquence-fan-update.aspx

    Even with the settings on full, though, it got too much. I found the general mental quality of the WoW population is like a vile cesspool of stupidity and immaturity. A lot of games, as a lot of real life entities, also have this problem but for some reason WoW highlighted this for me.

    Interestingly, I’ve played LOTRO for some time now, but I actually quit for a long time about a week after launch because I got sick of seeing people running around with names like “Iclubbabyseals.” Stuff like that truly bugs me, but is that really *my* problem?

  3. I wouldn’t say that it’s one person’s problem over another’s. I think that, while many complain about how many people “expect” to be run through things, and there are those who do, most people realize that it’s very difficult now to find an on-level group for things, and asking for one can actually get you ridiculed nearly as much as asking to be run through something. So often, they try the friend’s-main-run option first. There’s also the problem of joining a guild just to find that no one wants to log on an alt to help you do on-level group stuff while getting indignant over the idea of running a person through on their main, thus defeating the guild concept in the first place.

  4. WoW’s guild recruitment channel is very poorly implemented because once you are in a guild it disappears. So any of the people recruiting for their guilds that you are complaining about do not have access to the guild recruitment channel.

    I suspect there is a way to turn it back on somehow but you can see why players use trade, the only global channel.

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