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5-07-2009 @ 5:55PM
To all the posters regarding the first question:Funny thing, I don't see any mention of raiding or guilds in this guy's question. Yes, it is a good idea to swallow your pride and listen when advice is offered from a trusted source, but for all we know, we're talking about strangers or pug'd 5-mans.There is NO EXCUSE for a perfect stranger on the streets of Dalaran to criticize your spec or gear--in what universe is it their business?! Setting aside that complaint, you have no idea who this person is or what they're doing. They could be a pvper, a solo player, a raider, or even a 6-year-old kid. They could be trying out something unorthodox, or who-knows-what. (It continues to amuse me the number of people who laugh at me for wearing low-level gear when I'm just walking around the city...especially since I'm on an RP server.)As for a 5-man, your spec starts to become other people's business because it affects their time and repair bills, and regardless, there's nothing wrong with a friendly discussion over the merits of particular talents. However, if you are putting out a good amount of dps, what does it matter if your spec isn't cookie-cutter? Again, if you see something that might help them, I see nothing wrong with asking them if they've considered X, but criticizing someone who's doing their job well makes no sense.Raiding and guild advice is another matter, though, and plenty of comments have been offered on that. One thing that is important to keep in mind, though, is that very few people out there can be considered end-all experts on their class: you should always consider the source of the advice before accepting it, and always consider your own expertise before offering advice of your own--"this is the RIGHT way" is not an acceptable argument without solid numerical backing.If ever you are in a situation where you -want- to prove that your spec is acceptable, download a dps meter, do the math, and do a little research of your own. Either you will end up with numbers to prove your point, or you will prove to yourself that perhaps it is time to accept a little help.
5-08-2009 @ 9:07PM
If they're a 6 year old kid, I also like to toss in the old "Santa/Easter Bunny isn't real", in fact I've got it macro'd. ;p
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