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6-04-2010 @ 9:44AM
What a sad story, thank you for sharing that experience jealouspirate. Stories like yours are vivid examples why these r0XX0r kids with their flames and hatespeech-just-for-fun are really bad. This internet-tough-guy talk is getting worse and worse, sometimes it seems there are just not enough ignore slots on your character. The good news is, there are easy ways to deal with these people:1) Ignore them. Your Ignore List is a more powerful tool than you might think. When ignoring people, even from other servers, apart from not hearing their brainless flames *you will not see them ever again in a random LFG*. While it might seem you are missing out on something when ignoring people, really, you are not. People with ITGS (Internet Tough Guy Syndrome) usually have no friends. 2) Votekick them. In many groups, the very vocal ITGS person is not only being disliked by you, he's disliked by pretty much everyone else. If there are single, lone cases of ITGS in your group, a votekick can restore sane conversation without causing much trouble. Sometimes though, ITGS is like a mass phenomenon, and people gangbang on a single sane victim. In that case, leaving might be more appealing.3) Report them. Sometimes, ITGS people cross even their line. Over the course of some years of wow I've seen my share of things in the chat: death threats, racist slurs, ugly sexism. Things like that are being taken *very* seriously by Blizzard Support. Write a petition with their name, server and the time, and they will find themselves with a forced wow pause within little time. 4) Drive them to a frenzy: stay friendly! This, I have to admit, is one of the harder things to do when facing a severe case of ITGS. When expletives are rolling through the chat, everyone is getting tense. Simply try to stay friendly. Even overdo it a little, enrich your language with diminutives, and refer to the ITGS folks as "happybunny" or "my friend". Really, while this is, of course, sarcastic - nothing can compete with its effectiveness in shutting an ITGS person up. Finally, don't assume people are generally rough on new players / folks without to much experience. If you are a new tank (and I've been down that lane), simply state that at the beginning of the group. Many sane folks will play much more considerate, even help you out with some helpful tricks. ITGS isn't everywhere, even in the new LFG times.
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