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10-15-2007 @ 11:40AM
Your column should be required reading by any GL or raid leader. Mercifully, or maybe because I live alone, I've only had 2 SRLI's; the neighbor's house was on fire and Rascal presented me with a live mouse. In the first event, I was just chatting with guildies so could explain I was running out to see if they needed help. They did not but were grateful people dropped what they were doing to see if they did need help. Brownie points for me. In the second, I was with a PuG in SV. The leader did not take very kindly to my "Awk! EMGCY! BRB" even though we were not in a boss battle. I returned after catching the rodent and tossing it outside and explained the emergency, to hoots of laughter. The group leader gave me a lecture about allowing fake emergencies to interfere with my play. Huh wha? His comments drew a sharp discussion of what is and is not an "emergency". He held fast that, if you're in a group, there is nothing called an "emergency". The group is paramount. We finished the instance but he was allowed to die on several occasions and was always the last one rezzed. It was very gratifying that the piece he came into SV for did not drop. What irks me is someone who goes afk for a long time, like 10+ minutes without an explanation and then gets upset when the group moves on. You can't always tell your group what the problem is, but you shouldn't expect us to hang around if you're gone and we want to keep going. When you come back, an explanation of what happened should come along with an understanding that we are in this instance/raid for a purpose and we don't have your emergency. We can be empathetic, but don't expect us to hold your spot if you're gone for more than 10 minutes and we don't know why. I use 10 minutes as a guideline for replacing someone. What do others feel is the time frame for replacing someone who has gone AFK with no explanation or even if they have an explanation? The best was "I'm gonna run to Wendy's because my wife is gone and I have no one to cook for me. I'll brb. I promise."
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