It's not your fault. You're not the original sinner. Your motives were pure, of that I'm convinced. But times have changed, and your services are no longer providing the benefits to the community that they once were. In fact, quite the opposite.
So I will have to put you on notice. You have one month to clear out.
Your only other option is to help us clean up this god-awful mess. The mess begins and ends with:
“LFM Ulduar10, 2300 required…”
Am I geared enough to ...
Stop. Stop right there. Look carefully at this simple question, so innocuous, so common, so flawed. Let's turn it inside out: “If I have X gear, then I will be able to down Y boss.” It sounds weird when you put it that way. We all know that gear does not kill bosses, people kill bosses. But answering the question “yes you have enough gear to down X boss” is feeding that very wrong idea.
Gear does not kill bosses. People kill bosses.
How much spell power do I need to ...
You're not listening.
How much mana ...
No. Not answering.
What gear score do I need to …
Wow-heroes, pack it up.
The Gevlon Experiment
If you haven't already heard about Gevlon's experiment, go read it now. A few months ago, he and his merry band of misfits re-geared themselves in heroic blues and cleared Ulduar. It wasn't pretty, but they did it. Full clear.
Be honest: the first time you heard that – perhaps it was now – didn't it shock you? Impress you? And make you question your own obsession with gear as a ticket to higher-level content?
I'm a fan of Gravity's response to the matter, in which he created a graph to illustrate the wide range of gear requirements for each raid. Because we all know that gear is not totally irrelevant. Just less relevant than many people think.
I know you know that gear isn’t enough
But if I hear one more person asking if they have enough spell power or mana or crit or haste in order to do this or that raid…
/pummels people who actually try to answer the question earnestly
/quits trying to bring sanity to this crazy crazy world
Scratch that last one. I’m in it for the long haul.