I have an absolutely no evidence to back it up but I have an answer to that question. To make themselves feel better.
However I would really like to know why people have to be so mean and resort to insults immediately, even when not threatened to begin with. Perhaps there is more to it that I do not know. More than just people trying to make themselves feel better.
Why do I ask this you might ask and the answer is simple, and quite obvious as you will see as soon as I mention it. I was reading the forums.
The thing is that I have been trying to get into PvP more and as per normal for me I make every effort I can to get better. Not like I will ever really be a good PvPer because my reaction speed is not up to par with top notch reactionary abilties that high level PvP requires but I can be good enough to have some fun with it and enjoy it. Perhaps that is part of the reason I prefer PvE. It is scripted so I know what to expect once I see it and I can get ready to respond because I know exactly what is going to happen.
That is the thing however. Being I might not be the best at reaction or spell selection on the fly in PvP I can learn to be better and handle things better by learning everything I can. Knowledge is power, to steal a saying. So not only have I been reading every post I could find and watching every video I find for hunter PvP I have been doing the same for every single class in the game.
The reason I am doing that is because the more in touch I am with the other classes the better I will understand their abilties, how they use them, and more importantly, how they like to handle a hunter. If I know exactly what they are going to do to take me out I will be in a better position to counter it. So what I lack in experience and skill I am attempting to make up with in knowledge and hope that the more I play the better I will get at it. I do believe, in time and with enough practice, my reaction time and skill selection will become faster and as such I will become a better player.
This requires a hell of a lot of reading of course. If I ever want to get better there is a great deal for me to learn. I can't just go into PvP saying open with an aimed shot, follow with a chimera and then double kill shot them. I just do not have the gear to support that being enough to kill anyone and even if I did, there is no half way decent PvPer that would ever let me get that off without screwing me up somewhere along the line.
All this reading however has really turned me off of PvP. Not only turned me off of it, but has made me want to quit it before I even get any further. Not that I have thin skin or anything, but do I really want to play with "these" people?
I see people posting asking questions, questions I too would like to see the answers too, and the immediate response is usually something along the lines of "you can not even get 1800 in 2s, you suck", "you are not doing rated battlegrounds, it shouldn't matter to you", "just stick to randoms you noob", "you suck." Then all those rude remarks are usually followed by rebuttals which are just as rude if not more so like "you have no right to comment you do not even have 10,000 honor kills", "you don't know what you are talking about with your 1500 in threes", and things like that.
Why has no one answered the question? Really.
For the record, and as anyone that might read here often knows, I am not a PvPer. I have not really even attempted it seriously since wrath and I wasn't very good back then either but I was bored and looking for something new so I decided to give it a try and learn. I am not fully PvP geared yet, sill missing a weapon and 2 other pieces and 2 of my PvP pieces are from season 13. Yes, I am totally a beginner.
Not to mention I am only just rebinding for PvP. Going back to my wrath PvP roots with over 100 keybinds but I am glad there do not seem to be as many any longer. To anyone that says that there is more to do now they are wrong, at least in PvP. I have fewer binds now but more active abilties.
Either way, I am clearly in the learning stage. Moving binds around as I notice where I would rather it and getting comfortable with them and of course remembering where those rarely used things are bound, like scare beast, come now, who the hell remembers where they bound that or better yet, who the hell remembers that they even have that. Well, I now remember where it is. It is just not really in a great place right now because I have not found a better place yet but if I hit - it will cast scare beast now. Yes, I remember that even when not on the game, and that is what the learning process is all about. Key binding is only half the battle, remembering where the hell everything is bound is the other.
I am currently 28-23 in 3s with a 1200 rating and I am sure it will get better as me and my team mates start to get some gear. The other two got their weapons this week, I will next week most likely. So I am not really what you would call a "good" player but I am most defiantly someone interested in learning and getting better.
And that is where this mean streak seems to start to bother me. I do not post on forums, never have and never will, because I do not like the people on them, and as you can see there is good reason for that. But being I read a lot I see how others are answered.
I've seen people in the same boat as me. Not geared, just having questions and wanting to learn and get better. And they get blasted because they do not have a PvP history, they do not have a good rating, they do not have all top gear, they do not have the things they should not have yet because they are just beginning.
Why is everyone in the PvP community such an asshole? Someone comes to them asking for help on how to learn to play better and their first response is to blast the person because they are not good. Not shit sherlock, that is why he is here asking for help, because he knows he is not good. Telling him he is not good is like telling someone, hey look, it is day time, while the sun is in the sky. Thanks for pointing out the obvious. Now how about trying to help your fellow player?
It is not just the PvP forums mind you, they are just what I was reading lately so they are on the top of my mind and what made me think about it. The PvE forums are just as bad with the vast number of people that judge someone on their gear and their raid progression.
Let me point out a small fact, you can not judge people on their gear or raid progression because it means nothing. I could go this weekend and get myself a full 14/14 heroic clear on my rogue this if I wanted to. I know someone that has been bugging me to trade him a rare S/S pet he has not been able to find but I have and I leveled up to 25.
He has already offered to bring any character I want through a full clear if I would give it to him. So if I bought my rogue through there and was 14/14 heroic with heroic gear on my rogue that would mean I am good on my rogue? Hell no, I suck on my rogue. Would that mean I am better at my rogue than I am on my hunter? Hell no, the hunter is the only thing I am even decent at. You can not judge someone on their raid progressions. You can only go as far as the 9 or 24 other people you are with and in this case the 24 others I would be with are heroic ready, my rogue is not.
Just like I said of the PvP people I say about the PvE ones. They are just being mean to make themselves feel better. Nothing more, at least in my opinion.
I guess the reason it gets more frustrating when reading it on the PvP forums is because I am just starting to learn how to get better at that. It makes me think that the community as a whole is chasing people away. I will still do what I am going to do, I will still try to get a little better. If 1200 is the best I ever do and playing .500 is the best I will ever be, I am content with that, as long as I have fun doing it, but I will try to get better. If I stop at 1500 or 1800 or even make it higher, so be it. I will keep going as long as I am enjoying myself.
But what about those poor souls that go to the forums to ask for help? What if I would go there and say I've been having a horrible time with ferals lately? Would they just say, well you are only 1200 and do not even have all PvP gear, you suck, just give up now.
How does this help the game, the community, the players? It doesn't. Why do people need to be so mean. Wouldn't it be better for the game over all if people would just give me tips and tricks on how a hunter can get better at dealing with a feral. Maybe point out I have scare beast, maybe I did not know I had that or even knew what it did. But no, the community just wants to be mean to those asking questions.
I do not get it, I do not see where this comes from. I would rather help someone so that means there is now someone else better than to shoot someone down so they might quit and there will be fewer people to play with. Perhaps it has to do with the fact I am not an ego maniac and I do need to cut others down to make myself feel better. Actually, I have a different psychological problem all together. Helping others makes me feel better. It is one of the reasons I stay in normals trying to help others get their garrosh kill instead of doing heroics, where I should be.
Not saying my actions are any better than theirs but at least I feel I can justify my desire to help others as something that is better for the community and something that makes me feel good about myself in a positive way. Maybe there is more to them being mean that just having low self esteem and wanting to make themselves feel better and being I do not see it from their angle I don't understand it. So why are people so mean?