Dec 19th 2009 5:37AM I disagree as well. Which is very atypical for me because usually I am very allergic to elitism. But the blunt response to the writer of this email gives me the feeling the drama mama's are instantly reacting out of a prejudice against elitism instead of judging the situation for what it was.
You treat the writer as if he was insulting the death knight, or complaining he had to be carried through or any other standard elitist asshat kind of behavior. Fact is: the writer of this mail did none of that. He did not kick the guy from the group, was happy the guy got some upgrades and from the small ironic comment that elitist jerks is an unfortunate name for a website, I get the feeling that he was indeed aware of how he might come across and he tried to be careful in his remarks to that deathknight. (heck, the very fact that he is writing this email to the drama mama's is proof enough for me that he is a nice guy who is worried that he might be doing something wrong to other people, which is the opposite of your usual elitist asshat)
I get the feeling that the deathknight was overreacting a bit; sometimes when people are uncomfortable with comments about themselves, they hide their shyness behind rudeness and it seems that this was what this deathknight did with his f-off comment before leaving the group.
But apart from that: be careful that you don't let your automatic reflexes cloud your judgement. The drama mama's dislike of powergamers places the poor writer immediately in the "bad people category" and most of the rules of acquisition, funny and accurate as they might be, have nothing to do with the writer of this email. Anti-elitism is a form of elitism as well and can result in the same kind of unfair treatment of people.
Nov 17th 2009 8:13AM Becoming loremaster on both horde and alliance side before cataclysm hits, so I will have at least done most of the old-school quests before they have gone completely.
The patch 3.3 quest interface left me feeling very disappointed because of this; I don't care for pointers on my map to find stuff I already know where to find: just give me a questlog that can contain more then 25 quests. 200 quests would be nice, thankyouverymuch; I'm getting fed up with my spreadsheet system of temporarily dropped quests.
Oct 30th 2009 12:06PM I totally agree with SarahTheGnome. I generally am all for civilized solutions, but sometimes you need to be very clear and very blunt about things. People who crave for attention see negative attention also as a form of success, so: "sry I am afk in raids, don't talk to me now" will be seen as a positive result: hurray, as soon he's stopped raiding, I can pester him again. And by all means: DON'T help him to get a new guild, or give him any other help, because he then will still think you are his best buddy and will continue to suck you dry. Do not radiate mixed messages. You don't want to be his friend.
And don't go into hiding. He has no right to force you doing this and it probably won't even work; since he is the kind of person who even uses other people to harass you when you ignore him, he doesn't understand the word hint at all.
Be clear. I assume you don't care for his "friendship" at this point anymore, so it's okay when your words upset him. Say simple things like: I don't want to boost people, you are being a nuisance, I am not here to serve you, I don't want you to contact me ever again.
When he freaks out, don't feel bad about yourself. One of the things "bad" people are very good at, is make you feel bad about yourself. Don't let them.
Sep 26th 2009 5:54AM I am still mad at blizz for "fixing"a "bug" during TBC. For a brief period the shaman fire nova totem could kill lvl 1 players of your own faction, if you got the timing right. You had to pop your totem and log out at the exact same time that the totem exploded. Of course Blizz said it was a bug that caused harm to other players, since bank alts could be blown up too, but as far as I could see on my own server, people were having way too much fun blowing up gold sellers to even bother being an ass to normal level 1 players. I spent hours on my shammy in SW, having my own 15 minutes of fame as Whitelady, The Goldseller's Nightmare, with people warning me in trade where the next pesky goldseller was. Ahhh.... those were the days.
(Although to be fair to Blizz: in the TBC era the amount of goldsellers was insane, and Blizz has made a great effort to stop them. I don't know what they did, but I prefer corpses instead of the old situation where you couldn't even follow a conversation with a friend when you were in a city, because trade chat was completely crammed with goldseller adds)
Sep 18th 2009 8:42AM Oh God Yes Please! Sturdy hairy legs under kilts, the sound of bagpipes to make the enemy flee in weeping terror and a healthy game of Haggis Hurling every weekend. Dwarfs are made for that sort of thing. Besides, my female dwarf priest loves the idea of bare buttocks hidden under a garment (can we have some engineering wind device then to lift up aforementioned garment?)
Sep 17th 2009 8:29AM "Dumbo, the flying elephant" - Standing on a mountain, accidentally clicking on your mammoth instead of your flying mount, dropping to certain death while screaming at yourself: "When do you finally hotkey slow fall, yer dumb cow!"
Sep 10th 2009 9:40AM Wait, there is one bit of dialogue which I even like more. In TBC you had to do this whole questline to start the dailies for the ogres in Blade's Edge mountains. At the end of it you became king or queen of the ogres and all the ogres in Blade's Edge become friendly to you.
The best bit about this is when you do a /dance emote to one of them, they dance with you, Moonkin belly-dance style.
And the best-best bit is their reaction when you flirt with them (I forgot if it's the /kiss emote that does the trick, or /flirt).
Because the ogre will very politely tell you he thinks you and him don't really match as a couple. Cracks me up every time.
Sep 10th 2009 9:04AM Peddlefeet, the grumpy Goblin cupid pet. When you click on him repeatedly, he becomes very annoyed with you, just like normal Goblins do:
Talk to me.
Time is money, friend.
Yeah, very funny!
I don't have time for this!
I just love it that I own a pet who gets mad at me when I tease him.
Sep 4th 2009 4:48AM The news of Cataclysm made me change my goals drastically: I will become Loremaster on both the Alliance and the Horde side. Pity Blizz doesn't have an account achievement system, but at least I will have the private satisfaction that I have done practically every old school Azeroth quest before wow as we know it will be gone forever.
Aug 2nd 2009 6:41AM @Aeonus: "...and for most kids those two meanings have ZERO relationship"
I think that's exactly the point. A lot of (young) people use the word gay as a common insult, they don't even think about it. I personally tend to be very patient with kids in and outside of wow (I give workshops to teenagers) but I will never tolerate people who use the word gay unthinkingly. Or (and this happens more often then one would like) use the word biach instead of girl, just because they want to sound "cool".
There was a time when the word nigger was synonymous for dumb/inferior etc. It's not for nothing that word has been actively banned from normal conversation.
I understand that you feel you were not deliberately "evil" when using the word gay like that, but the problem is that when language becomes corrupted like that, it means that society has automatically accepted the idea that one ethnic/sexually oriented part of it is inferior.