I recently had a conversation with a buddy who hasn't been feeling the raiding urge this expansion, and felt bad for not turning up for raids. But I assured him I don't mind if folks don't feel like raiding and thus are not turning up for raid nights.
What drives me up the wall are those who DO turn up, unprepared, and unwilling to actually make a real effort, and proceed to waste the time of the 9 other people on the team who actually logged on and wanted to raid.That's right: people who show up out of obligation but make no real effort to be a productive member of the raid team are my pet peeve.
I do not mind a night plagued by unavoidable failures due to DCs or power outages or bugged bosses. It happens. I do not mind a night of attempts getting progressively closer to a boss kill without success. Learning the strat takes practice. But I DO mind raiding nights plagued by people ninja AFKing, or having no clue about the bosses we're fighting, or dying due to continually standing in crap on the ground they can move out of, or having mysteriously changed their spec so they are no longer able to do their assigned job in the raid. This sort of thing makes me want to log off in a nerd rage.
World of Warcraft raids are not a spectator sport. They are a team effort. Perhaps with the latest nerfs, pro guilds can carry through more slackers and malcontents. But perhaps not. And regardless, I'm not your mommy so I don't WANT to carry you through content. There -- I've said it.
When did going to raids become an unbearable chore that one slogged through, seemingly trying to do as poor a job as possible so it would get called early and you could go back to picking herbs? What is it exactly about Cataclysm and its raid structure and guild changes that has made this seem like an all too common and prevalent issue?
I don't have the answers. but I do have a request: if you are not feeling like raiding: please don't sign up or accept the raid invitation. Everyone is entitled to a night off. And if you're not willing to come in and give it your A game, you're doing the rest of the team (many of whom spent time farming food and flask materials and repair money) a disservice.
Try, or don't try, but please don't waste your raid team's time.