>First off, let me say this… I have nothing but the utmost love for the LFD tool that Blizzard implemented. Never has dungeon grouping been any easier and faster. Sure, as a DPS I may have griped about the queue times, but still a 14 minute wait while you’re out doing dailies is nothing compared to sitting parked on your mount going “LF Tank for *insert dungeon name here*” for an hour.
Now then, Jaedia made a new post earlier today at her absolutely amazing blog The Lazy Sniper about the possible downside of the LFD tool. (Go ahead and read her post, i’ll wait….) I left a comment on the blog, and as I was typing I got to thinking a bit. While I can understand, to a point, what she was saying in regards to the lack of “reaching out” among your server, I think the LFD could have brought out something much much darker. We’ve all seen them, we’ve all reported them, we’ve all been highly irritated when they’re back in-game the next day… the ever loathed trade chat troll.
Now don’t mince words. I am by no means blaming trade trolling on LFD. Trade trolls were around before the LFD was released, and they’ll continue to be until the end of time. One thing I have noticed, however, is that since the dungeon finder went live the AMOUNT of trade chat trolling has gone absolutely through the roof. Think back a few months to before 3.3, if you will. Sure, there were still idiots in trade, but what was the majority of the discussion you saw in there? Most likely it was “Looking for X(role) for Y(dungeon) or Z(raid)”. Now sure, you still see osme of that going on for raids, and the occasional achievement-run heroic, but honestly… what’s the most you see in trade these days? “Anal [unfunny ability name/achievement name]”, “LOLUMADBRO?”, “*Insert overused Chuck Norris joke here*”, “Why do they call it ‘Invincible’ if you can still see it?”, “LFG FOR TOC 10, 6K GS REQUIREMENT” (as said by a level 39), and so on and so forth. In my experience, MOST of trade chat is made up of trolling instead of legitimate chat for any particular purpose.
Now, where’s the correllation between the influx of idiots and the dungeon finder? Well, I don’t know about you but I tend to remember the names of the more prevalent trolls. If i’m putting together a group, be it a heroic or a raid or whatever, and I get a whisper from someone that’s well known for being an assface in trade chat then i’m gonna ignore it. I don’t care if they’re in Ensidia or Paragon or anything (which aren’t on my server BTW). A dick is still a dick, and I play this game to have FUN. I’d rather fail at a raid then succeed under duress. (Pardon me while I pull myself back to the point). Anyway, people are more apt to behave if they felt like they needed people on the server for anything. No one gives two shits about the Terms of Service, and that’s apparent day in and day out. Either that, or they just have absolutely no fear of being banned, but that’s a WHOLE other rant on it’s own…