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The PuG update: despite the huge interest in the project...
- Interest =/= activity. Every second guy who comments or writes a mail "this is the greatest thing ever, count me in" won't start a char; every second who does doesn't get 85; every second that does won't come to raid
- Internal competition: one raid does better than the other, people in the second are motivated to catch up or get in, the people in the first are aware that the others are wanting their spot. In 25 "everyone are included"
- Less organizing in 10. I hate it, and do only because no one else does
I want to clarify the point of the "undercommunicated" project. I'm obviously not against "communication" itself. This blog is a form of communication too. You can access new knowledge in only two forms: original research and communicated by someone who already knows. Obviously, if a piece of information is known by someone, it's much easier to get the information from him than inventing it yourself.
Mankind used "voice chat" and "text chat" from the beginning of the history. Advancement was pretty slow in these ages. Even if at some place some genius, or extraordinary community (like the ancient Greeks) invented something, it was soon lost, as the information could only travel with word of mouth and handwritten letters. The loss of the man or the few letters was the loss of the information. Then a guy named Johannes Gutenberg invented printing, allowing one author to communicate to thousands, and his work to remain in many copies after his death. Reading became the most important skill for success.
The information relevant in WoW raiding is no different from any other kind. Expert authors have created reliable information and placed it in the 21. century form of printing: the internet. You can read the first hand class information from the ones who do original research on the field, the EJ staff. The boss strategies are summarized by the official Journal, and every aspect discussed by experts on sites like Tankspot or class blogs. These are all forms of communication: the author is telling you the information. Refusing to use them would be stupid.
Why would anyone prefer the information communicated by a less skilled person when he can get it from the best available source? I mean, I could never teach someone playing the class I play as good as the EJ guys do (who taught me). He prefers my voice because he is too lazy to read, or too dumb to understand. He prefers to get spoon-fed by a lesser expert then making the effort to learn from the best.
The pre-Gutenberg chat has only 4 fields left. Every other fields are covered by printed works:
- Original research. When no one knows something, then those working on it has no written books to read. Their most recent results has to be communicated directly to coworkers. So it is completely normal that the EJ guys are "chatting" in the forum posts or the first raids that act before the addons or videos are available are discussing in voice chat how to cope with a new, unknown mechanic. My project is not doing original research, we are not even aspiring world top 10.
- Local information. Communicating something that happens there and then, like when you call your partner that you are stuck in a traffic jam and will be late. That information cannot be found in any books. In raiding it could be discussing "who will go up at Beth". No strategy guide contains the names of the characters in your raid. However discussing it takes a few minutes with written chat, there isn't much loss here.
- Chit-chat: no real information is transmitted, the communication is done because it's fun by itself. No need for that in a raid, no doubt.
- Spoon-feeding: repeating (in lesser quality) the written information to someone who did not bother to read it. In a raid it's the typical "Arthasdklol don't stand in the fire" (despite there are addons for that) or "discussing strategy": telling lazy people what the dogs of Shannox do. I simply don't want to raid with people who need it, and want to prove that you don't have to either.
Stop commenting "in hard modes there are 8 different stuff, no one can track all of them, you must use voice to coordinate"! It's nonsense. Why would voice be any less distraction than the 8th DBM warning? And how come that the guy who yells can see all 8 stuff for himself, and for you too and has the brain capacity to to yell at you while handling his own things?! Because he is skilled and you are not!
PS: I'm especially expecting the influx of burned out raid leaders, people who did the yelling and got enough. It would be a really effective revenge on the ones who sucked the life-force out of you.