Note: I had this post saved in Draft status for a few days, and reading back over it it sounds kind of smarmy… I must have been having one of those days, I apologize if my tone makes me sound like a nerf-herder.
As I was putzing around Dalaran the other day chatting with guildies I realized that I was a lot more relaxed and pleasant-minded than I typically am in a wow-city. I quickly realized it was due to a little change I made about a week ago.
Trade chat on my server reads something like “best hits of wowbash” on a regular basis. There are the typical trolls, but without fail some kind of sexually/politically/religiously-charged comment is made and the fires of idiocy rage unchecked. It’s beyond clear that when you have thousands of people all in the same chat channel, you’re inevitably going to have people who disagree with each other on a myriad of issues. The trolls of Lightbringer trade love to stoke the fires of disagreement/annoyance beyond what I can tolerate without beginning to develop a seething hatred for humanity in general. I play wow to ESCAPE that kind of RL crap (I get enough of it at work!) and don’t enjoy being assaulted with it during my “relaxing” free time.
I don’t remember exactly what comment it was that finally broke my proverbial camel’s back, but with furrowed brow I slammed out “/leave 2” and erased the offenders from my gaming experience.
Ignorance truly is bliss. Wonderful, unaware, cocooned bliss. I quickly went and left trade on all of my alts with the sole exception of my tux-clad bank dude.
Now I’m a much happier Avvy in-game, I no longer feel like mourning the loss of civilized society on a daily basis, and I don’t have to scroll past pages of linked spells and Chuck Norris jokes whilst looking for comments from my guildies. I don’t see myself going back anytime soon.
In other news, I still haven’t figured out my DC issue (I replaced Recount with Skada after reading up on issues people have had with the former, but still had DCs, though admittedly not as many as before), and I think I want to farm for the orb of deception and orb of the sin’dorei, if for nothing else than to see a female orc and/or blood elf on a mechanostrider. It’s the simple things in life, friends…