MMOs hide the true identity of players behind in-game avatars, and are usually heralded for this, it being harder to form prejudices and all. At the same time, though, this lack of information forms a great source of miscommunication.
I was questing in Mirkwood when my eye fell upon a cosmetic quiver that I had failed to sell on the auction house the day before. Following LOTRO custom, I decided to give it away in world chat.
Ravereth: "Free [Study Quiver], send tell."
I got a response almost immediately:
Dorf guardian: "u can send the quiver"
"Uh, well, yes, I can, technically," I thought, "but why would I?" I couldn't help but pose myself that question when I read their statement.
Mere seconds later, an elf champion approached me.
Elf champion: "is the quiver gone?"
"Not yet", I answered truthfully. "Would you use it?"
I didn't want to give it away to some random who'd sell it.
"Then it's yours."
I sent the quiver to the elf champion.
What should I tell the dorf guardian, though? He would probably accept it if I'd say someone beat him to it, but I don't like lying. In a cruel moment of honesty, I decided to for the Dutch approach of telling the blunt truth.
Ravereth: "Sorry, someone else asked nicer."
The dorf was infuriated that they had not gotten the precious quiver they now felt entitled to.
Dorf guardian: "ugh? lool"
Dorf guardian: "yh remember next time when u see my name to blow me before u ask for something from world chat that applies to your alts"
You are now ignoring "Dorf guardian". I did not feel wasting energy in pointless arguments. Sometimes MMOs make me want to close the curtains and stay in bed all day.