On the WoW forums someone asked why they haven't added a post count. The answer was "We don't want people attempting to grind their post count to max level".
Gamers have a way of making a game out of anything. Remember the guild that did musical chairs around the banquet table in Moroes room?
The Armory among other things, allows you to look at your character as it was when you last logged off. It shows what armor you had equipped also tabs that list your reputation, talent spec, skills, arena teams (if any) and guild (if any). Something like this was already available in the form of CTProfiles and RPGOutfitter but the armory has the added bonus of being Blizzard's and you can link to it by clicking on the name under your forum avatar.
And this is where the game comes in. Class forums have taken to making threads where someone posts and then the next person to reply rates the spec and gear of the poster before them.
Over on the hunter thread, which at last check this is the 14th thread of its type, has (I assume) helpful comments: "As marks your AP lacks a bit, and under 20% crit hurts a lot as well". And several posters offer beforehand reasons why their gear is crappy, "I cannot get that effin chest piece to drop."
I wonder how many players post just waiting for someone to say "Look at all those shiny epics!"
Posters like giving advice, but I'm sure most of them rate for the same reason I would. As someone posted after giving sincere suggestions for the previous poster "but, i'm mostly interested what you guys have to say about me".
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