Seri sez: You’re a unique, special snowflake… just like everyone else.June 24, 2009
With Jov out of town for the week, Seri is once again bereft of an outlet for her random musings, as well as a not insignificant source of daily entertainment. Well, when the cat’s away the mice will play…
I’ve been noticing a growing trend on the Guild Recruitment Forum. See if this sounds familiar to you:
“Hi, I’m an awesome <insert spec here> <insert class here> and I’m totally looking for a raid guild. Leave me a message, but if it’s a canned response you can die in a fire.”
Ok, so maybe that’s a slight exaggeration, but if you spend a little time browsing the Guild Recruitment Forum you’ll see a lot of anti-canned-response sentiment. People make disparaging remarks about it all the damn time and I just don’t get it. Obviously, they’ve never had to recruit for a raid guild before. If I had to sit down and write a custom-tailored reply to everyone I was even remotely interested in, I’d be eating shaving cream on public transport in a matter of hours.
It’s not that I am blind to the plight of the guild-seeking raider. Looking for a guild is kind of like walking blindfolded through a minefield with magnets strapped to your shoes. But what is about canned responses that these people find so offensive? I can’t imagine that they all think they’re just too good for them, so there must be something else. Why not state what that something is? Don’t, as they say, throw the baby out with the bath water.
As tempting as it is to ignore these posters, I still end up replying in their threads because let’s face it… I’m recruiting because I need people and as prevalent as these requests have become I’d be missing out on a lot of opportunities. (Not to mention that it’s hard enough to find people with decent gear and a compatible schedule.) If I’m feeling spunky I’ll add a customized sentence or two at the beginning, just to give their request a nod. Sometimes it’s not even snarky.