I was in Stormwind this morning, scanning the auction house, when I noticed trade chat. I felt bad for a guy who was talking about some girl he liked, wondering what in the world he was thinking bringing up such a thing in troll-central. To my surprise, after a couple people made some rather mild tradechat jokes at his expense, those same people proceeded to give this poor guy relationship advice. The scariest thing was that these trade-chat-trolls (whose trolliness I have witnessed on a few occasions) were actually giving this guy genuine advice! Of course they were not saying what needed to be said as eloquently as I may have, but to my surprise the points they were attempting to get across to this poor fellow were more or less exactly what I was thinking while reading his situation.
This got me to wondering, why would people who I have seen run down players asking “noobish” questions in trade, console and give council to a player asking for relationship advice? I’d like to think it’s because relationship/boy/girl problems are something we can all relate to in some way or another, and though some people do get angry or upset when trolled in tradechat, it’s still very far from real life/real problem emotions. It was pleasant to see someone getting something from tradechat other than mild annoyance for a change, so I thought I would share.