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9-27-2010 @ 4:09AM
Ugg . . . while I love the convenience of being able to port myself and friends, I will NOT miss the peace and quiet that I have now. With Trade chat turned off, and parked in Dalaran, I can sort my bank / G bank, my mail, work on professions, chat in guild chat, party, chat, manage a few whispers with some friends (sometimes all at once) and often, wait in queue, often with friends (which as one of the posters above stated, WILL break if someone leaves a group).Anytime I step into SW (usually to meet friends who are there) I get asked for ports. I don't spend much time in SW. :P(This is not aimed at the original poster of this comment section - rather, at the public in general). Could be a good time for few refresher points on getting ports. Mages never OWE you a port except to leave a raid or when you are all questing together. Always tip, as much as you can. Always ALWAYS be polite and don't take it personally if they say no - they are probably busy. Mages standing around are probably NOT waiting for business (unless they are advertising in trade for port business). Even with a tip, I have to admit, it's a bit of a bother - tip just softens it a little. If you are my friend (i.e., you have earned REP with ME) you can pretty much count on a free port as long as you don't abuse it. Ports cost a reagent. Yes it's cheap, but NO ONE is obligated to spend their own silver to do you a favor. If you say you'd like to BUY a port, for God's sake BUY a port, don't get grouped and expect a freebie. Don't order around a mage. Ever. EVER!!! It sounds stern, bur for anyone complaining about mages who are grumpy, it's probably because we've not always been treated well in these cases.And I hope mages will be polite to those who are nice to them - either taking the request and porting them to the place they requested, or turning them down politely ("I'm sorry - I'm in dungeon queue - good luck though." or something like that). But mages have no obligation to take s**t from people who feel entitled to a free service and talk to them like some lackey. It's even OK to put them on ignore.On my Warlock, if I need a port badly, I will get a Rune of Portals. I will find a Mage in a city where I am at. (I use the WHO feature to do a search - find a mage of the apporpriate level close to your location). I will whisper the person politely and request a port - I will name what I am prepared to pay (10 to 15 g usually) and offer to come to them. When we are grouped, I will open the trade window and put in the gold and one Rune of Portals. I will make sure to thank the person (either as they are casting or right before I click on port). I quickly click on the port, say a polite goodbye or another thanks, and leave the group as soon as I do.Be kind and courteous to mages, and it could get you far. (Literally). :D
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