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6-23-2011 @ 2:41PM
Can I just say, that as a long-time healer playing a Druid, Shaman and Priest, I absolutely HATE those announcement addons like OptiTaunt and the rest.Well, hate may be a bit of a strong word, but still, they're bloody annoying. :P If I want to keep an eye on tank cooldowns, I'll use my own addon for it - it's not exactly tricky. DBM even has a plug-in for it, I think. And if I'm monitoring stacks of dudu Shield Wall on my own UI, I don't need the tank to be spamming party chat every other second about it as well.Of course, there are plenty of less addon-prone healers out there, and doubtless some of them will welcome a bit of prompting. I imagine it might be handier in a raid situation, though if all the tanks were using it, things would get very confusing very fast.
6-23-2011 @ 3:32PM
I'm with you - I can't stand add-ons that announce things to /p (or whatever). I've found that most PUG groups get pretty ornery when you have them enabled too. The last time I auto-updated my UI compilation, it re-set my announcements back to default (which, apparently, is 'announce everything'). Unfortunately, since I'm a considerate Tauren Fury Warrior, it announced to /p every time I interrupted a spell caster. So my PUG got spammed with "Oryx has just interrupted Dark Bolt" every CD. The comments ranged from, "Do you want a cookie?", to "Oh, look, we got paired with the interrupting cow!", to "Hey, at least he's using his interrupts".Moral of the story: Turn all announcements off for PUGs.
6-23-2011 @ 3:55PM
Oh no! Not the interrupting c... MOOOOOOOOOO.
6-23-2011 @ 5:51PM
Ignore is your friend. Dont like it then you can ignore them, why should I turn off my addon that I like to appease someone I may never play with again? I have them set a certain away I don't want to have to modify them again until major patch day.
6-23-2011 @ 7:34PM
Long cooldowns are ok to announce, but interrupts should really be turned off. Not just for pugs, but everywhere. In a raid, if it's crucial that you interrupt, noones going to be checking the chat box for whether you got your interrupt off or not. I don't rage at pugs or anything, it doesn't overly bother me. And I cracked up at the rogue who had a macro binding /s Nutkick to his kick.
6-24-2011 @ 5:10AM
I'm with Draev here.Announcing usage of tanking cooldowns is about the best thing you can do in -any- situation. I'm afraid your pet peeve here falls short of the actual good use that comes from announcing things. Now, if they announce something like "Interuptedz MOFO!" or "Look at me! I invincible!" I will agree. If it's something like "Guardian of Ancient Kings is up!", it's a wonderful way to let people know that you've used a cooldown.I'm searching for a nice way to put it, but this is all I can think of: Deal with it. It harms nothing. It does not affect anything but your chat interface.
6-24-2011 @ 8:09AM
@Draev Ignore is NOT the way to go with this one. Ignore does other things than just ignore the spam some tank (who is trying to do his best - and hence probably a decent tank), the most important thing it does here is it PREVENTS you from getting that tank through LFD again.With tank shortages, and the silly queue times, the LAST thing you want to do is to ignore a decent tank.Next I would ask - is it really appropriate to ignore the person who is controlling and leading your dungeon group? If he asks for cc from you, you wont hear or do it, he asks if you can kite/offheal/pause for 2 secs while he grabs a drink etc.....You WONT KNOW. This would make YOU the weak and emminently kickable link in that run then.Still wanna ignore the tank? If not then just politely ask him to disable the addon - and give him 2 mins - then continue killing stuff. Simple.
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