Ignorance is

11 08 2008
Ignore at your own risk, Drill getting territorial at the starship crash site in Milky Way.

Ignore at your own risk, Drill getting territorial at the starship crash site in Milky Way.

In preparation for getting back to the wild and wooly world of pick-up teams on Rubi-Ka, Baba dusted off his ignore list, reviewed it and did a little checking up on where these toons are now using auno.org’s character information page to look them up and display their AO level history.

The product of playing in random teams, i.e. pickup teams, mostly at the Temple of Three Winds, Borg hunting and Foreman’s pickup teams, Baba’s ignore list, has perhaps 30 names on it. Most of them got there at TOTW.

The list reveals a nature of TOTW that many people never mention because they are too busy relating their TOTW train tales. Trains aside, TOTW seems to bring out some of the worst behaviors witnessed in Anarchy Online. The sins only start with deliberately training bosses onto teams. These are situations where the person purposely aggroed the boss in question and then trained them to where they knew the a specific team was. Several of the trainers were not TOTW trainers, but practiced this sad act at Forman’s, where it seems they were to lazy to obtain security clearance cards coming in, or to use the emergency exits when leaving.

Then there is a collection of generally rude and juvenile behavior that spans the gamut of foul and bigoted language. Another popular way to get on the list was to abandon your team without so much as a bye or thank-you, just log off and vanish, usually at the point that the team was already down to just 3 or 4 people. Sometimes this was practiced by pairs, i.e. buddies who decide to bail, but neglect to communicate by any means other than their sudden absence.

The rest of the members of Baba’s ignore list are a bizarre collection of people acting badly. Like the team leader who set team loot to leader only and would not change it after all of the team requested it. The enforcer mongo nut, who spammed his mongo button for the health, while ignoring wiping the team repeatedly until none returned, A certain totw twink that lurks in GOTs room and waits for a team of lowbies to bring GOT down to 60% health, then jumps in and outdamages them for the kill and the loot rights, and then holds the corpse open while they try to auctioned off the GTA in the shopping channel. A certain teammate who decided that 1 million credits and the respect of his teammates was an acceptable price to pay for a GTA.

So you might be asking, Baba, why don’t you publish their names, so we might also avoid them? Baba’s first response is that would be wrong because it would be unjust, and it would promote the idea of anyone posting accusational lists with no proof etc. Just take it as an example of what to anticipate occasionally and know why and how to use your own ignore list.

The great thing about the ignore list, is it helps you avoid ever teaming with any of these individuals, or it can remind you of who they are if you happen to be in the same vicinity again. It can also be instructive when looked at historically, which is exactly what Baba did recently. He used Auno.org to look up the individuals on his list to see what their current status in AO is.

It was quite instructive what Baba found. Not surprisingly, most of the people on the list, quit playing, usually within 10-20 levels. A handful seemed to have decided to make a career of being TOTW irritations, as they have not advanced past level 60 and only play occasionally during school breaks. Only one person on the list advanced to level 220. Only 3 ever made it past level 100.

Using the ignore list is simple. The command in game is /ignore nameofplayertobeignored. Once on the list any tells from this player will be ignored. Baba also makes an entry in an ignore.txt file on his computer in which he lists the name, level, profession, guild and a note as to why they belong on the ignore list.

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