Disconnectors: Internet Impaired or Pug Menace?

I went on my first pug raid in quite a while: a full Kara clear with my most­ly-bat­tle­ground hunter. It was decent­ly fun; Kara’s a good time although by now I’ve spent entire­ly too much time there. This being sum­mer and all, the raid chat­ter tend­ed to cen­ter around gen­i­talia and bod­i­ly func­tions.

Over the course of the 3.5 hour run, a total of five of the ten ini­tial raiders left dur­ing the raid, every one of them by dis­con­nect­ing with­out warn­ing.

I don’t want to say that it’s impos­si­ble that all five of them–never mind, it’s pret­ty much impos­si­ble. A war­lock dis­con­nect­ed less than a minute after the lone Night­bane wipe, a rogue dis­con­nect­ed imme­di­ate­ly after get­ting a zomgepic from Cura­tor, a mage after loot­ing Moroes dropped no cast­er loot, a druid while we filled that spot… you see what I’m say­ing. Not a lot of ambi­gu­i­ty; it’s not like any of these peo­ple left dur­ing a boss fight, or while fight­ing between boss fights.

There were gen­uine con­nec­tion prob­lems in the raid a cou­ple of times, but every time those peo­ple got back online straight­away.

The strange thing to me is that none of the five peo­ple who left via dis­con­nect said one word before doing so. Not even any­thing obvi­ous­ly false, “Cat’s on fire, got to go”.

Do any of them real­ly think that the rest of the raid shrugs and says “Wow, that’s real­ly unfor­tu­nate that this play­er got dis­con­nect­ed right after loot­ing that epic ring. I hope their inter­net comes back and they can rejoin us.” Pssh.

What I do is open up DoIKnowYou and give the per­son a minus-one score with a com­ment “unplug­ger”. While this does­n’t glob­al­ly rec­on­cile kar­ma and gets very lit­tle emo­tion­al repa­ra­tion…

(“oh you sir, YOU are being marked down as MINUS ONE in my book, haha­ha­ha­ha!”)

…it does help me remem­ber who is like­ly to be less than stel­lar in a future endeav­or. DoIKnowYou puts the note right in my tooltip, every time I see them, as well as in oth­er text-based trig­gers. “diky: Silen­ceikil­ly­ou has come back neg­a­tive: unplug­ger”

The raid leader seemed com­plete­ly at ease, if not hap­py, with this hap­pen­ing through­out the raid. “Looks like the rogue bailed. One sec while I find a replace­ment.” The call goes out to asso­ci­at­ed guilds or the LFG chan­nel gets a ping, and in ten min­utes or less we’ve got a new per­son sum­moned and the raid is rolling again.

To me, unplug­gers feel like a pug men­ace, but it could also be that I’m just a raid-pug­ging new­bie and this is stan­dard oper­at­ing pro­ce­dure. Maybe it’s just this way because Kara is an alt raid now, and nobody’s going to both­er to con­nect the dots to asso­ciate that jerky behav­ior with their main.

Still, a stark con­trast over a guild raid, with peo­ple you know.

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4 thoughts on “Disconnectors: Internet Impaired or Pug Menace?”

  1. I thought I would use Bliz­zards ingame adding notes to friends alot more then I have, as I was look­ing for a way to keep track of ran­doms that pop up in things.. spe­cial­ly since your friends and ignore list can’t be shared cross toons.. but I might look into doiknowyou as I get con­fused some­times when I get ran­dom Heys from peo­ple who remem­ber me.. ( or a weird apol­o­gy note in the mail.… )

  2. @Zahrah: I love doiknowyou, espe­cial­ly because it’s account-wide, not just tied to one toon like Ignore/Friend and notes are.

    @GA: Your excel­lent arti­cle was in my mind while I watched all these peo­ple dis­con­nect. I expect­ed the same at Cura­tor, but not through­out the whole instance.

  3. Back in the days of FFXI, when you had to wait 5 hours to get a group togeth­er and spend anoth­er 3 hours killing three mobs… if you had to leave the group, it was con­sid­ered the height of realm-black­listable offense if you did­n’t find a replace­ment for your­self first.

    The nice thing about WoW is that you can usu­al­ly find a replace­ment in a very small amount of time. :)

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