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3-13-2009 @ 11:30AM
I don't mind helping with short questions, such as directions or a yes/no answer. If someone is nice, and I have the time, I will even answer longer questions. I know that some people have systems that may be slow and tabbing out can be more problematic than most of us assume. But I do recommend sites such as Thottbot, Wowwiki, wowhead and yes, Wow Insider.I don't believe in giving strangers money and really discourage newbies from getting a lot of run-throughs. I've learned so much from actually PLAYING - while it may seem like a kindness, in a way, it's not. Each step is supposed to help you learn game mechanics, group roles, etc. I've learned a lot from my own mistakes and group failures as much as from successes. The quickest way to turn a newbie into a noob is to do everything for him. I never understood why people play the game and not actually PLAY it.If I happen to be patient, I may offer advice to a newbie of my own class or professions, as I've gone through them. And if they have been nice, I may even offer an open invitation (for when I'm not busy) to ask questions in the future. I've even given some people a bag or two or even some crafted gear, but also told them "Those are free - now it's up to you to go out and earn the rest." If they ask for money I may whisper them and say "what professions do you have?" Often, they have none. If they are polite and seem genuinely willing to learn, I'll give them pointers on professions or various ways to earn money.And yes, one of the most ANNOYING things is helping someone and having them ask again and again for more help. (For instance, I was helping a friends' alt when we grouped with someone of similar level as he was. That person kept asking me for help, even though I explained that I'd do so only if I was also helping my friend. Another time, I ported someone for free, and he asked me for help running some quests. I said I generally only did that for very good friends. I happened to port him again, and at that point, he assumed we were VERY GOOD FRIENDS as he kept asking me for help - even had the gall to ask for "only" 300g for his flying mount later!!! Another tip - when someone is looking for guild, at least to me, the word "helpful" often gives me the feeling that they are looking for a guild to simply PROVIDE him with things, be it money, instance run-throughs, immediate access to gbank. etc. and will tend not to invite, even though we are a small friendly casual guild that accepts all levels. I do not want to subject my guildies to constant begging and also do not want our guild to get a reputation as a guild full of beggars. If you are simply looking for a guild where you can quest with others of that level, you might ask for "Leveling guild" or "active guild to do quests with." And Lookingforguild channel is ideal for that.And remember, even if a person says "no" to your request, maybe if you are polite and show that you are willing to try your best to learn, someday, they may help you out with something else.
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