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10-08-2009 @ 9:20AM
As my server is one of the first ones for WOW, there are a number of people who have played since the beginning. When I joined and started reading the server forum, I quickly figured out who had been around for awhile by their comments and then how people reacted to their comments. Some people are known for being trolls and, when the forum gets filled with nothing but recruitment messages, someone will post something off-the-wall, just to give the trolls something to do. I try to make my posts helpful or humorous and not bash anyone because it comes back to you 10x over what you might have done. In illustration of that, I had a handful of people leave my guild back in August. They just didn't fit in with what we were trying to do. I also had to /gkick some people who were stealing from the bank. Add to that, a membership review and a /gkick of toons that had not been played in 4+ months. We have pared the membership rolls to people who play or who are on sabbatical. Someone /gkicked back in May decided it would be fun to bash us on the forum and claim the guild was imploding. I was amazed at the support from the server community. The forum regulars took the original post and turned it against the poster, who is a known forum troll. For two days, it was the thing to do before coming onto the game, go to the forum and see what the community at large had to say to this poster. I almost felt sad for the guy because he was bashed by people I didn't know. As it was around Brewfest, when I would be in Ironforge at a mailbox, the people who would stop and wave and make some comment about the forum was incredible. "Don't worry, Gimm. We got your back," was the most comment response. Some people love their reputation for being a jerk and revel in it. Personally, I would rather be known as the guild and person who helps people. No, I don't like everyone on the server and I have people on my ignore list and I'm sure I'm on some people's. But I think, in the long run, the person who is kind and witty and funny and helpful is the person people remember longer.
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