I’d love it if people could actually be trusted to use the shiny, new, global LookingForGroup channel without abusing it. I know I’m not alone in this desire. It could be a valuable resource, but without responsible self-policing, it’s just a bigger, uglier Barrens Chat.


When you’re as frustrated as I am with the whole nonsense, you need to refrain from using said channel to tell the abusers not to use said channel — or else you’re just as bad as they are, and you’re probably going on my ignore list by around the third time I see your name pop up in that chat window. /w is there for a reason. Use it wisely.

Damn. I’m told that I no longer have any room in my ignore list and I can’t add more names. And they were all added today. Sigh.

9 Comments so far

  1. Tom Reynolds (unregistered) on June 26th, 2006 @ 2:21 am

    Do what I do – ‘/leave’ the ‘looking for group’ channel unless I’m specifically looking for a group.

    My proposed solution would be to have a Realm-wide, or even multi-realm chat which would allow those people who want to spam/flame/chat off topic as big an audience as they like.

    Then I can permanently ‘/leave’ _that_ channel…

  2. Burnside of Kargath (unregistered) on June 26th, 2006 @ 5:47 am

    If you’ve ran out of room on your ignore list try this addon:


    InfiniteIgnore allows you to ignore as many people as you want.

  3. Donald (AKA Dreadmoon) (unregistered) on June 26th, 2006 @ 7:05 am

    Just wondering how many people are still using the LFG channel. Personally, I left the channel 5 mins after I started being spammed.

    What I did on one of my toons, because I needed to find people, was creating a new tab and placing LFG there.

  4. Michael Sullivan (unregistered) on June 26th, 2006 @ 9:15 am

    I;ve also found that Global LFG is destroying some Pick-Up Groups. Now that players can be constantly on the lookout for a better deal, they’ll leave a PuG for some other PuG going somwhere else.

    Also, the bail out rate in the BG’s seems to have risen sharply.

  5. Fogarty (unregistered) on June 26th, 2006 @ 12:06 pm

    Yeah, I’ve done the /leave thing on my main (I generally don’t do pure PUGs anymore, anyway), but I thought it’d be nice to see if using /ignore on the most offensive of the dunderheads might help when my alts are looking for some PUGly action.

    Thanks for the add-on suggestion, Burnside!

    As a rogue, the bail-out rate in Battlegrounds bugged me more when poisons were wiped out every time I entered or exited an instance/battleground, but now that they carry over, I’m slightly less frustrated.

  6. Donald (AKA Dreadmoon) (unregistered) on June 26th, 2006 @ 12:27 pm

    Michael’s point has little to do with the functioning of the LFG channel than the actual play ethics of the players.

    If you accepted become part of a certain run, i.e Uldaman, and on the middle of the instance choose to go to Scarlet Monastery. Then the problem is not the LFG channel, the problem is your behavior.

  7. Fogarty (unregistered) on June 26th, 2006 @ 12:51 pm

    Oh, I completely agree with that point, Donald! Instance runs are different from Battlegrounds, though, methinks. If someone has to drop out of a turtled, hour-long WSG match because they have other things to do, I completely understand. If someone drops out in the middle of an instance without warning and I /who them and find out they’re in some other instance, I put them on my /ignore list and make sure I never group with them again, too!

    If I’m in an instance and I know I have to leave, I always give at least fifteen minutes’ notice and I try to find a replacement for myself. If I know I don’t have at least a couple of hours to run an instance at its onset, I just won’t go.

    It all seems like a pretty simple code of courtesy, but it’s surprising how a good chunk of the WoW community doesn’t seem to get it.

  8. Peaslake (unregistered) on June 27th, 2006 @ 9:47 pm

    I started by adding names to my ignore list and then just turned the darn thing off. I keep hoping that it will improve but meanwhile I’m doing even fewer PUGs (I rarely did them in the first place) and just organizing more guild runs. I think in the long run that annoying LFG channel will be a huge boon to the strength of our guild. I’d rather run instances with them anyway.

  9. Fogarty (unregistered) on June 29th, 2006 @ 4:32 pm

    Yeah, the wisest course of action is really just to avoid PUGs, entirely!

    But then I’d miss out on the runs that go surprisingly well and give me the chance to meet cool new people I otherwise wouldn’t have encountered.

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