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11-19-2007 @ 5:44PM
One part of the problem is play styles. I tend to be a solitary player. If I want to be in a group, I'll go to where I'll be questing/grinding, and ask a few people if they want to get together and move through things quicker. If I'm really feeling social, I'll put a shout out in general chat. Otherwise, I'll usually decline any "long term" group runs. If someone asks me for help on a quest, I might help, as long as it won't take too long and the other guy has a general idea of what they need to do. If they keep asking "what's next", I'm dropping the group and leaving the area.Another problem is the real difference between noobs and new players.The loudest guy who insists they're always right, no matter what level, are noobs. The guy who insists that priests can conjure food/water, the druid who insists their group needs a tank, the guy who asks where everything is in a capital city, they're the noobs. I'll correct them, or answer their first question, but I stop after that as a point of principal.The new players, on the other hand, are smart enough to listen to what you tell them. They make mistakes, plenty of mistakes (I know I did, and still do), but when they're corrected they listen and work on improving their game. They don't ask for run throughs, they don't beg for gold, and they don't demand that you help them through an easily solo-able quest for their class/level.The last problem, that I can think of, is the ammount of time invested. If you've got a person who's been with WoW, or any other MMO, from the beginning, they've probably been helping new players for a while, and are getting tired of it. Unless you're the kind of person who finds fulfillment in helping people day in and day out, there comes a point where you just want to be left alone.One way to alleviate the problem is guild recruitment. Having more guilds open to new players means they'll be put into a smaller community that actively wants to help.Another option, which was suggested before, would be the choice to flag yourself as "new player friendly".
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