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4-30-2008 @ 6:47AM
@dacamper: Absoloutely. We had a wonderful superstition going on in my old guild (pre-BC) when went along these lines:"Whenever X leads our raid, A,B,C items drop. Whenever Y leads our raid, D,E,F items drop. Therefor the algorithm Blizz uses to determine loot is somehow based on the name of the raidleader."So we always put a different person in the raid leader slot, and varied the order we entered the instance in order to ensure a perfect loot distribution.It never worked, of course, but people will believe anything once they see a pattern.I've heard it said that there's a genetic imperative to see patterns and believe them. "Is that pattern of orange and black in the grass a tiger?" Could be urban myth, but it's a nice thought ^^.
4-30-2008 @ 7:40AM
Yes, we are prone to recognize patterns. Take two humans, one recognizes patterns (A), the other doesn't (B). If they both find a large patch of different berry bushes, A would hesitantly try a berry, when he finds it's good he will eat only that type of berry (until they run out). When person B tries one, and find it's good, he will eat all the berries, and die from poisoning from that spiky berry which didn't at all fit the pattern that A found.There's a name for the behavior of finding non-existant patterns when we know something has changed too, but I can't remember the name of it... But basically, if we know something has changed (a patch) we will automatically try to figure out patterns in what this effects, which results in that if you get less skillups while crafting right after a patch you will be certain that they nerfed crafting, even if they didn't even touch it.
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