This week’s Blog Azeroth’s shared topic:
A faux pas, noun, \ˈfō-ˌpä, fō-ˈ\ is a violation of accepted social norms (for example, standard customs or etiquette rules).
The term comes originally from French, and literally means “misstep” or “false step”. (via Wikipedia)Shared Topic:
Do you think there any faux pas in WoW? If so, please explain your thoughts or maybe share your own memories and experiences!
We see it all the time, but it’s even more rampant at the beginning of an expansion. Mists of Pandaria is focused on the tension and hostility between horde and alliance. It’s perfectly acceptable to role play this and do whatever you can to piss off the opposing faction. It’s socially acceptable in WoW, especially a PVP server. Oh I’m so glad I don’t play on a PVP server. If I was any good at PVP, I can see where it would be fun to gank unsuspecting farmers. But no, it would just make me cry, scream and yell “fuck this shit!” and throw my laptop against a wall. (the old one, not the new one!)
Though I have been known to scream a string of very offensive cuss words inadvertently into vent when an alliance jacked my ore after I tapped it and aggro’d a tiger.
But you know what’s not right?
Faux Pas # 1: When a horde does it. Dude, we’re supposed to be on the same side. NOT COOL! Shoo mister undead, THIS IS MY FLOWER FOO! Yes I’ve /slapped every single one of those horde-jackers. Or when
Gene former guildies/anonymous truck drivers jacks my quest item while I’m fighting a mob in front of it. I /bit him and he laughed at me. That’s ok, I’ll just do it right back! It’s totally ok if it’s an act of tit for tat!
Faux Pas # 2: Speaking of what’s not right… and I’m going to chalk this up to someone just not paying attention or using the addon that doesn’t pay attention. Guildies, no undercutting other guildies or your friends on AH! That’s just mean. I did it once to Lahno just to see if he’d notice (he did), but in my defense, that Personal World Destroyer didn’t sell. It did later, but not when I undercut you just to get a rise out of you! I’m allowed to do that because I’m the boss lady and we’re pals. But I wouldn’t do it to people that I don’t know well enough or that I know would truly take offense to it. I did it to Yanni once too, but that was only because I was in Boston that week and I knew I’d get spanked for it. When he randomly yelled “You little bitch!” I knew exactly why. That’s totally different. /nods
Faux Pas #3: For some reason, I’ve only run into this on alliance toons. Maybe alliance are especially derpy. There’s a reason why I don’t like that faction. But I’ll send out this public service announcement. Hunters, you don’t use spirit. Next time you out roll me on a spirit ring, neck or trinket, not only will you not get another heal, but I’m going to shove your arrows so far up where the sun don’t shine that you’ll be spitting out wood and metal. I don’t care how low level we are. This has happened three times, three different dwarf huntards. One of them cried when he wasn’t healed and died. He was (and I kid not), equipped with intellect, spirit, strength and a mishmosh of leather and cloth. He might have had one agility piece by pure luck. Yes, he equipped the spirit ring he outrolled me on.
Faux Pas #4: I’m SO glad LFR fixed this. I don’t care that it’s been deemed “acceptable” because it was so rampant. It was not acceptable. I’m talking about the foo that joins LFR decked out in heroic raid gear with his guildies of the same class/spec/token and rolls need and trades the gear to his pals. I’m talking about the foo that rolls need on everything he has a need button for so he can DE the gear. Or the foo that rolls need on everything he has a need button for so he can vendor it or sell it to other people in the raid. NO MORE!
Faux Pas #5: Trade chat. See also Barrens chat. You just don’t talk to people like that. If you were face to face with these people you’re calling (insert offensive slang for homosexuals here), or inciting them to commit suicide, would you really speak to them that way? Would your mother be proud of your behavior? Would your teachers be proud of your atrocious grammar? I don’t care if they are mostly teenagers, their behavior is generally unacceptable in any social environment.
Those are the biggest ones I can think of. What do you all consider faux pas in WoW? I listed primarily social faux pas. But there are plenty of other kinds!