Thanks Internet! I *totally* needed that advice! (/end sarcasm)

December 20, 2009 § 7 Comments

First, sorry I’ve been a little absent.  I haven’t been feeling well lately and also haven’t felt much like playing wow.  This is lead to a general lack of inspiration for posts, so rather than fill the days with drivel and nonsense, I just didn’t post.

But now I have something to be cranky about again.  And that’s the WoW guild recruitment forums.  As you know, I’ve been looking for a new guild to join, so I thought to myself, “maybe I’ll try the official wow forums; I’ll put up an advert and see what happens.”

Well apparently what happens is rather than getting any guild invites all I get is more criticism on my tanking.  I guess I shouldn’t be that surprised; everyone and their dog thinks they know how to tank better than the guy next to him.  What shocked me I guess was that I posted the ad on the Quel’dorei realm forums and the responses I got where from people from other realms, telling me I had no idea what I was doing.

I guess I shouldn’t be surprised.  It seems that people on the internet feel that giving unsolicited advice is their job or something.

Here’s what I said:

I am an experienced protection warrior looking for a casual raiding guild on Quel’dorei.
Already geared (at least up to Ulduar 10/Trial of the Crusader 10), and have some raid experience as a tank (and lots of raid experience as a healer).
Flexible schedule, already have vent/know how to use it properly/own a mic, multiple alts with most professions maxed, knowledgeable about how to play/gem/enchant/talent/glyph my class/spec.
Contact: Thistlefizz

Fairly innocuous.  Simple, yet concise.  Covered all the bases.  Nothing controversial.  Or so I though.  Apparently I should never had said I know how to gem and enchant myself, because first few replies were criticisms along the lines of “yeah, you don’t know what you are doing because you gem and enchant for defense.”

Someone else did “stick up” for me a little in that they pointed out that I was probably gemming +def just to get to the def cap, but couldn’t leave it well enough alone there and gave me “advice” on how I can improve if I just “apply myself to those heroics. [I] can get tier 9 stuff in no time!.”

It was just so…unhelpful.  First, it’s a guild application advert.  Why do people insist on criticizing everything they come across?  There was absolutely no need for that person to comment and say I had no idea what I was doing.  First they have no idea what my situation is.  They don’t know if I play all the time or hardly at all.  They don’t know if I’m struggling just to reach the defense cap or am just to poor to afford gem and enchant upgrades.  Not without actually talking to me anyway.  And I’m not even on their server.  Why the hell would they care?

Blindly criticizing me accomplishes nothing.  It doesn’t help me get into a guild.  Even if I was a crap player, it wouldn’t make me a better one, because who in their right mind would listen to advice given to them by someone who just called them an idiot?

And as far as the “advice” goes–I didn’t ask for it.  I don’t need it.  I don’t want it.  Go away.  Your advice doesn’t help me become a better player, nor does it get me into a guild.

Sorry this post is a little disjointed.  Guess I’m just venting my frustration.

So much for the WoW forums…

“[Insert clever sign off phrase here]”


§ 7 Responses to Thanks Internet! I *totally* needed that advice! (/end sarcasm)

  • Magma says:

    Heh, I know how this feels. Makes you wonder why they were so bored they had to troll random realm forums..

  • Syrana says:

    “You know what you should do? You should /y spam cities saying you are looking for a guild” /endforumresponse

    Just kidding.

    Yeah, the forum trolls never cease to amaze me, really. When I was a guild recruiter, I’d post information on the general Horde guild recruitment forum as well as our server forum.

    I’d get comments from alliance toons, various other realms, criticizing MY gear, the guild, etc. But they didn’t know any of us and couldn’t even spell properly.

    The reason their criticisms of my own gear boggled my mind was because I was advertising a casual social guild.

    I guess I need to have a certain ilevel for people to have fun chatting with me and dinkin’ around in old world stuff.

    • Magma says:

      Noob, you can’t chat with people unless you have ilvl 245+ equipped.

    • thistlefizz says:

      It’s mind boggling right? You were advertising a casual social guild and I was looking for a casual raiding guild. Key word? Casual.

      As a side note though, shortly after posting this rant I was recruited into a raiding guild, based off my post in the recruitment forums! So even though it was annoying, it wasn’t a complete waste.

  • Syrana says:

    @Magma – /cry I’ll never be able to talk to anyone until 2012 then D:

    @Thistlefizz – Glad to hear you found a guild! Just a shame people have to wade through so much crapola to exchange recruitment information.

  • Tamarind says:

    Dear God, the insecurity of randoms is terrifying sometimes. On the other hand reflecting that people who feel the need to assert their own superiority at the drop of a hat are probably deeply pathetic individuals is cold comfort when they’ve annoyed the hell out of you.

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