After talking about Cross-Realm Zones yesterday and how the ideal solution would be to allow us to toggle them off or on as we see fit, another switch popped into my head. Guild Interest. On my toons that have no guild, I’m getting an absurd number of blind invites these days. Heck, I’ll get three from the same person in a one hour period. At least, I used to. I finally found out (because it never occurred to me to look until AFTER I started writing this) there’s a way around this. In the interface options you can choose to turn off guild invites. Amen!
I have yet to figure out if it blocks blind signature requests for a charter though. I blew a gasket at another player about a week and a half ago. I was running my auction scan and it was in the final ten seconds of an eight minute scan (because I accidentally closed the window after the quick scan). Suddenly everything closes and I’m looking at a guild charter request for signature. After tearing a strip off said player (who I don’t think was at all ready for such a response), I flat out told them had they just whispered me and asked for the signature, I would have happily given it to them. Instead, they sent the request blindly without a care for what the person is doing.
And that’s one of those things in-game that just irks me. You’re so desperate for someone to help you out or beef your guild numbers, yet you can’t even take the time to be courteous about it. I actually have had players invite my Mage to a group and when I ask why it’s “I need a port.” Then they wonder why I drop group and put them on Ignore. A little bit of manners is all I’m asking instead of taking for granted that people will just jump through hoops for whatever pittance of service you seem to need in that moment.
Even the guilds that do send a whisper with their invites. It’s generic as can be about how they would love to have me and they just know I would be an asset to them. Um, how so? You’re a level 25 guild that raids 3-4 nights a week and you’re talking to a level 14 bank alt. At least the RP servers get creative and suggest my character has been presented with the opportunity to be a part of said organization (generic paraphrasing here, of course).
It’s to the point where if someone actually whispers me with a kind and polite request, without a guild logo flashing on my screen…I’m almost dumbfounded. Very rarely do I actually accept the invite, but at least in this case I will reply and make a point of praising the courtesy they showed me by actually making the effort first. In the long run, that actually makes the guild look better. If I change my mind and decide I do want to be a part of a guild, I’m aiming for that girl, rather than the spam-esque folk.
I realize people are jerks behind a computer screen, and I know I’ve discussed it at lengths. I suppose I just continue to be amazed at the deterioration of common decency and courteousness.