Shared Topic Two-in-One! Guild Exclusion Policies and the CPP

This week, we have a look at two Shared Topics all at once.  Why?  Well, last week was a lazy week, and both the topics over the last fortnight did not garner as much participation as usual, so there would have been two very brief posts.

The first Shared Topic was suggested by Stabs of Death Knight Spree, and takes a look at the Consumer-Producer Paradigm and how this is demonstrated in WoW.  What is the Consumer-Producer Paradigm, you ask?  Well, to give you a brief taste…

“CPP (the Consumer-Producer Paradigm) is a new paradigm that views participants in a MMO as consumers or producers. It is actually more relevant and useful to see players in terms of whether they are consumers or producers than almost any of the preceding paradigms.”

Stabs goes on to explore this issue in great depth over a series of posts, but other bloggers have also made great contributions to the discussion!

Larisa at Pink Pigtail Inn looks at this paradigm from her own perspective

Spinks at Spinksville offers an interesting and practical slant on this topic

The second Shared Topic was suggested by Xelaneo of Holy Fire Spec, and looks at guild exclusion policies.  Some guilds exclude people for various reasons (whether that be age, gender or anything else), and there is often a great deal of debate over these policies.

Trystyn at The Elitists had a look at his own guild’s policy on women in the guild.

Graylo at Grey Matter takes a realist’s approach to the issue.

As always, if you have a contribution to make to the Shared Topic, feel free to log on to the Blog Azeroth Forum.  Next week’s Shared Topic is ‘<insert class here>tards’, which is guaranteed to produce some interesting discussion.  If you have something to say about that topic, again, have a look at the Blog Azeroth Forum!

TNB Live – C’est Patrick!

patrick_beja We will NOT be recording live tonight (though Nib has threatened to log in and live-cast her fishing in Ironforge). Instead we’re going to have a special Continental Live edition on Sunday! LIVE! TNB! It’s the Eurpoean, lazy Sunday edition of TNB Live. Join us as we talk with Patrick Beja of The French Spin (among other things). We’ll chat about Wow Social Networking, Podcasting and lots of other stuff. Come have a blast with us in our Live Chat!

We are still looking for your questions for Patrick. Please email info@twistednether.net or twitter @TwistedNether and get your questions asked in the show.

  • When is it?: The show is scheduled for Sunday, May 24th at 4:00 pm EST. Not sure what time that is for you? Use this handy-dandy time converter!
  • Where do I go? To participate on the live show, you will need to go to the TNB Live Show page to connect with the stream. See, totally easy. If you are having issues then go to the Ustream page.
  • Some general ground rules:
    1. Be nice. If you say very inappropriate things be aware you will be kicked from the room. We are doing this to have a great time, come with a beer, come during a raid, come how you wish, just don’t come to cause trouble.
    2. You may ask questions to the participants during the show, but we reserve the right to use them if and when we can. I will be monitoring the chat room and if I can I will use the comments during the show. We love that you are with us, but I will have to weave them in. Even if it isn’t asked, we all appreciate your questions

Outside of that, we will love to have you join us and partake in an enlightening discussion that is sure to follow! Hope to see you there!

Episode 44 – Will Tank For Podcast

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We can has aggro! Join Fim and Nib as we chat with Dezdemone from Will Tank for Healz about Wrath, Ulduar and guild leadership.

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Wiki Tiki Utility: Pug Checker

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A day late, but never a dollar short, the Wiki Tiki Utility has arrived to distract you from the fact that Fim’s still editing the podcast entertain, inform, and enlighten you. This week we’re focusing on a site that’s so easy to use that a caveman could use it (after, of course, he got over the shock of the modern era and stopped breaking everything in a panic). It’s also so fundamental that it kind of makes you wonder why it hadn’t been done already. And as you no doubt have already figured out, this week’s Wiki Tiki Utility is Pug Checker!

Brought to you by Nance of Alterac Volley, Pug Checker does one simple thing, and it does it well: plug in a server and a character name, and you’ll get back an easy-to-read, simple-to-understand overview of what 5-mans, 10-mans, and 25-mans a character has actually done. For example, here’s Pug Checker‘s report on me. As you can see, I skipped a bunch of instances in normal mode (what can I say? I leveled without them), and haven’t completed anything in OS above OS+0.

Now, naturally, take these figures with a grain of salt (or as the site says, “don’t shoot the messenger”) – anything that draws on the Armory will occasionally have issues since the Armory itself has severe issues with kill counts, and Pug Checker is no exception. Using me again as a reference, I’ve supposedly killed the Prophet Tharon’ja in Drak’tharon Keep four times… yet have only been in the instance twice. Still, I’d say roughly 90% of the data there is reliable, so you can use Pug Checker to easily “screen a player, by entering their character name and server, before you invite them to join your group.”

One important thing to keep in mind is that there are some misconceptions around Pug Checker. This utility is not a measure of someone’s worth – i.e., if their screen is filled with red dots, it doesn’t make them a bad player! It does, however, indicate that maybe you should see if they need instructions on the fight. Maybe they’ve never been in that instance, maybe they’ve just been stuck with groups that couldn’t down a particular boss – whatever the case. Pug Checker is a tool to see who’s done what, not a way to see who’s good and who’s not.

So with that little caveat in mind, go forth, load up Pug Checker – and build yourself a good PUG!

Although this week it’s on a Tuesday, Mondays are normally Wiki Tiki Utility days here at TNB! Stop from The Stoppable Force highlights a resource from the Twisted Nether Wiki’s Big List of WoW Utilities, hopefully giving you a nice boost to your Intellect – or at least your skill at World of Warcraft. If you’ve got a utility you’d like to see listed on the wiki, or one you’d like to nominate for the Wiki Tiki Utility post, please send an email to stop AT twistednether DOT net with the subject “Wiki Tiki Utility”!

Netherhood Welcome Wagon – Lissanna of Restokin

tnb-welcome1Welcome to Lissanna of Restokin!

Lissanna has taken the blog world by storm. If you’ve done research about Restro droos or Boomkeks in the last three months (or even Ferlols!), odds are you’ve stumbled upon Lissanna’s site. Updated constantly, always informative, fresh and well-done, she’s a powerhouse of Druid information. Not only that, but she recently gained her own epic real life achievement of a Masters! She’s a student of developmental psychology, with a focus on brain development, and will also be going for the legendary achievement of Ph.D. Best of luck to her in those endeavors, and more power to her!

She’s been playing WoW for a while, since Druids used to be only healers, in fact, and has been through it all as a boom or tree, with some levelling of a personal feral and a conveniently feral boyfriend (his character, kids, get your minds out of the gutter!). She seems strickly Druid, a rarity in this day and age where everyone and their dog has eighty five alts and six still levelling.

This Druid blogger has a little something for everyone on her site. She’s written up a great piece on how to heal in 3.1, has a good levelling compendium for the baby Druid, and expresses her concern over Druid PvP survivability. When she’s not talking about Druids, however, there are great pieces that explore WoW’s community and how it’s not just a game, but something much more.

Welcome to the blogosphere, Lissanna!

Around Friday every week, Bellwether from 4 Haelz is bringing you the Welcome Wagon, introducing new bloggers and great reads. If you know of a new blog to the scene or wish to get your name out there, please send an e-mail to 4haelz AT gmail DOT com with the subject line “Welcome Wagon.” She’ll do her best to highlight as many as possible!

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