If you are on a regular live server (not a TLP, Zek, or FV) and use anonymous, why do you use it? I was getting ready to log off in the Chef room in Old Sebilis last night, just finishing rebuffing when someone sent in ooc "cc plz". Since I was done, I ignored it. Obviously no one responding in 15 seconds or so disturbed the individual so they sent another message in ooc "cc". [Side Note - I've lost the battle on camp checking (for another post), but when did having to respond immediately become mandatory for those announcing camp checking?] This time someone replied "crypt" and someone said "disco". I decided to do a /who on the toon because it was late at night and you do silly things late at night after playing a long time. The toon was anonymous. So I sent in ooc: I respect your right to be anonymous...please respect my right to ignore you. Can you guess what happened next? Yep...the toon immediately threatened to come steal my camp from me (you know the 10 year old bravado talk). This amused me because...I wasn't actually doing anything. What followed was a semi-predictable thread of responses in ooc, with several (although I'm pretty sure at least two were the same person) people saying that camp check ignoring is awful, that stealing the camp would be in the right, yadda yadda yadda. One sole person said that regardless of anything, stealing an active camp would the the absolute worst thing someone could do. I said one or two things in return in ooc (basically asking why I had to be social to someone who wanted to be non-social) and finished my evening in ooc with: No, you can be anonymous. It's just a game. And logged off for the night. I've always disliked the anonymous/role playing feature in EQ. It is a social game. I have had specifically one encounter in all of EQ that has ever been considered role playing. Never, in my too many years of EQ, have any of my toons been anonymous or role playing (I am not a raider nor have I ever been except the occasional open raids). I have generally boxed 6 toons since OoW (5 of them with buff capabilities...and none are a necro or a mage). My main prior to that was a druid who has received more buff/port requests than there are grains of sand on a beach...(ok, maybe not that many, but a good number). And since PoP, I have always been at level cap. But if anonymous is in the game and folks use it, I don't have an issue on those anonymous toons interacting with the world. But I choose to selectively respond to anonymous (and sometimes role playing) tells/ooc/general chat inquiries/questions/buff or port requests all the time. Whenever asked why I won't do x and I bring it up their anonymity as justification for ignoring, the toon usually goes on a rant/tirade/whine about how unfair I am (well...usually I'm scum or other more colorful words). I'm just curious for those that are anonymous...in a social game, what are you giving up when anonymous? If your answer is nothing, then I think you need to rethink your logic. From my point of view, anonymous folks fall into 6 categories (ranked from most common to least...again from my perspective). #1 - The Anti-Social Folks (Don't Ask Me For Buffs) These folks may also fall into other categories below, but mainly this person just wants to play the game on their terms and not have much of a social experience. The only time they want to interact with the world is when they need something or don't want to expend effort (camp checks, buff/port requests, game questions, etc.). Most of these folks will justify their anonymity by stating that they don't want to be harassed by buff requests. I am in the largest family guild on Xegony. My guild leader mgb buffs all levels enough regularly that a lag pile has formed for several years now by Facesmasher Brog. Certain other guilds seem to have specifically told their membership to seek out my guild for buffs. And I can sit in PoK for hours on a Friday night and have only a handful of buff requests across all my toons. It's not a justifiable reason any longer...unless your threshold is one request per lifetime of the toon. #2 - The Grievers These people want the social experience of taunting and harassing others with as little negative feedback coming their way. A good number of these toons are alts of mains in power guilds and showing their guild tag would have some blow back (for what little reputation still means in the game). These are the toons that camp steal, named steal, or cross pick camp. These are the toons that make crass/rude/inappropriate comments in chat. These are the people who make you question the intelligence of the human race... #3 - The Rule Breakers People hacking the game, using 3rd party software to gain advantages. And they don't want you to know the character classes so you can obviously tell they are hacking (i.e. no tracker but can find named half a zone away). #4 - The Farmers Most of #3 also fits into #4, but there seem to still be some folks who play the game without hacking but still pretty much go after specific, high-value targets. You will always see them at certain places and then when not on, traders with goods from those areas appear in the bazaar. It's like the game is their job or something... #5 - The Victims/Old Raiders I know there are folks who go anonymous/role playing because they get harassed and threatened in game. People followed folks around, sent nasty messages to them, and trained them in zones...and they just wanted to escape that. I'm also including old raiders here because their anonymity was based on racing to raid targets back in the day...and they just have never touched it. #6 - The Newbies This is not as common as it used to be, but overall I have found folks who immediately turn on anonymous (or more common role playing) at first toon creation because it is there. When they asking me for buffs (and I could con them), I'd usually politely tell them that they should state what level they are when requesting buffs and that showing what level they are when low level will generally get more folks to just help them (give gear, advice, buffs, etc.). Most will turn off at some point, but usually not until they encountered some resistance for help. I think the tutorial and sort of immediately jumping into playing has had a lot to do with the scarcity of this type nowadays. I'm older, and well...older, and I play the game for fun. When it is not fun, I move to something else or step away for a bit. But why I always come back is the combination of playing and social interactions with friends, my guild, random folks I meet in my travels, and anyone else I find. The concept of anonymous for me defeats the purpose of EQ as a game experience...and I'm just curious why people seem to have a difficult time accepting that their anonymity has repercussions at least from my part.