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The European forums of World of Warcraft allow unrestricted access to everyone, but posting can only be done through an account obtained by purchasing a retail version of the game and paying for an account. There are a number of sections all dealing with various aspects of the game, with the General Forum being the most popular due to its wide range of topics.
- See also US forums.
European Community Team
The first English Community Manager of the EU boards. Formerly known as Cz - Community Manager of Anarchy Online. Thundgot is Norwegian.
The first OCR (Online Community Representative) to join the English speaking team. He comes from Denmark, as stated in this interview: http://www.wowi.dk/news.php?extend.63
Slorkuz joined the EU team in early 2008.
Wryxian joined the EU team in May 2008.
Avatar: Baby Crocolisk
Takralus joined the EU team in October 2010.
Avatar: Still unknown
Ancilorn joined the EU team in February 2009. He left the EU team in June 2010.
The first CR (Community Representative) to join the English speaking team. Aeus is from The Netherlands, but was born in England.
Salthem joined the EU team shortly before Ommra left, little is known yet about this elusive and mysterious poster whose avatar is a Bog Giant. What is known is that he is a fan of Family Guy, Full Metal Jacket and he enjoyed teasing the forums about what his avatar would be.
The first Community Manager for World of Warcraft. He's the French speaking CM for the European territory.
The first CR (Community Representative) to join the French speaking team.
Avatar: Earth elemental
The first OCR (Online Community Representative) to join the French speaking team.
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The second OCR (Online Community Representative) to join the French speaking team.
Vaneck is the German speaking Community Manager.In the mid-90s he was a Techno-DJ and even in the German Top10 charts.
The first CR (Community Representative) to join the German speaking team.
The first OCR (Online Community Representative) to join the German speaking team.
The second OCR (Online Community Representative) to join the German speaking team.He left the Community Team on 11-07-2007.
The third OCR (Community Representative) to join the German speaking team.
the fourth OCR (Online Community Representative) to join the German speaking team.
the fifth OCR (Online Community Representative) to join the German speaking team.
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The first Web Team Manager to join the German speaking team.
He is the Spanish speaking Community Manager.
Some of the MVPs are members of the Coven of the Blue Panda, a group whose members pride themselves on being helpful when the Community Team members and other Blizzard employees are offline.
No longer an MVP. The article is kept for a historical perspective however.
A well-known guide author, with loads of guides under his name at the Professions forums. He's answering loads of questions on the Professions forums, if they are, of course, not in the stickies... Links to his guides: Power Levelling Guides for All Professions, A List of Foods That Give Buffs, Full List of Profession Trainers, Where to Mine Ores - A Guide, The Best Places To Find Cloth.
Has a perchant for sacrificing bunny rabbits and has recently been made a European forum MVP, along with Anvilbeard and Schwick.
Became an English speaking MVP in early August 2008.
Became an English speaking MVP in early August 2008.
Other famous posters
Well-known as a skilled debater, often zealously engaging everyone from forum trolls to Blizzard Community Managers alike in arguments (often not ending well for TotalBiscuit's forum account) he could also be found writing lengthy, constructive pleas to Blizzard such as the open-letter from Daggerspine to Blizzard which is thought to have contributed to the prompt opening of a second migration from the server, which alleviated some of the atrocious lag and queue issues that the server suffered from. The creation of the EU server Mazrigos, the first ever transfer server, is thought to have been a direct result of TotalBiscuit's forum petition, done so in a time before forum petitions were against forum rules.
TotalBiscuit, also going by the aliases of Totalhalibut and a level 1 posting alt by the name of TBisatroll, has been banned numerous times from the forums, most notably permanently in a debacle regarding a series of movies called 'Chronicles of the Goldfarmer', which depicted TotalBiscuit as a fictional private investigator, following gold-farming bots in a documentary style production. The actual reason behind this ban is uncertain, ranging from spamming/trolling, to naming and shaming and reposting against the wishes of the moderation team. Misunderstandings are thought to have been cleared up in Fall 2007 in a discussion with CM Thundgot, and the account is now unbanned.
One of TotalBiscuit's most distinguishing traits is signing posts off with the initials 'TB' which he has allegedly done for over a decade, starting on Usenet.
TotalBiscuit is also widely known for being the owner of former fansite WoW Radio, which closed it's doors in February 2010. He continues to host his shows on a new website.
After an extremely popular viral video, satirising the Celestial Steed, TotalBiscuit was permabanned from the EU forums. He holds the dubious honour of being the only poster to have his forum account permabanned twice.
Universally acknowledged as a god among men, this poster knows more about Linux and physics than can possibly be healthy. Also has an obsession with Red Dwarf. Well known for pricking the balloon of pomposity that regularly invades the forums. After receiving what he felt was an unwarranted forum ban, Thecowking does not post as regularly and is now a moderator on the Off-Topic: Continued spinoff forum.
A short lived, lesser known poster he nevertheless developed a strong cult following within the off topic forums, most known for his strange use of the English language, bizarre threads, effective trolling and fondness for the word "mens" (used to describe almost every person). He provided an alternative to the countless "/hug /kiss" threads and is a sorely missed poster. His disappearance followed a claim in an in game mail sent to a player that he was locked in blizzard's dungeon next to a noob that could not speak English (poetic justice?) and to this day he is still there. This was probably his way of saying that he was banned, most likely for pestering the role playing community with his questionable humour, marvelous works of fiction like the "Cloud Baby" stories and asking them repetedly if "Hulkhogan" and "Batman" were good role playing names. All of his threads seem to have been removed and Chain himself has not been seen for a number of months.
Recently, a number of threads containing Chain's specific brand of humour have been spotted in various sections of the forums. While many are created by differently named level 1 alts, the similarities in theme, spelling and structure have left many active posters with no doubt as to the creator. Maybe the most convincing evidence to date is the brief use by one of the alts of a signature that directly follows from Chain's original "FICKS HUMARUS KEW PLZ" by stating "they ficksed haumarush kew".
Known for her attempt of being "Forum Police". Charun always respond to people who make threads that are "partly illegal", i.e. misplaced threads, threads about topics that can be searched for and more. Charun always post in a "sacrastic" tone, making it seem like an obvious thing to do to use the search function etc., and looking down on the OP. Charun is often refeered to as "the want-to-be bluepolice".
Forum trolls of late
Zolascius, another well known level80 human warrior, primal to the home server Blade's Edge, is a regular GD Replier. He is often nicknamed Zola or Zol on the forums, and when needed most, does post generic views and comments on certain issues to do with what is going on in the WoW, and how we could learn to deal with them. In accordance to the guild, F A T E, Zolascius is currently 17, and is currently studying to take an A-Level in Information Technology followed up by a degree, although the devious troll has hinted signs of wanting to join the WoW community team when the time comes. The character in-game became famous for several guild launches, including the launch of "Crystal Dawn", being successful reaching 142 members at the end of the first day, breaking realm records. On the 1st of June 2009, due to IRL issues, Zolascius retired in-game, but still hangs out a lot of the time on the GD, and suggestions forums.
"GOOD PREVAIL THE MIGHT" - Chain "TB" - TotalBiscuit "For every successful death knight I die myself" - Zolascius
A poster that first gained attention with his seemingly never ending quest to obtain the paladin epic mount, Replicant has since evolved into one of the better (or worse, the views are divided) trolls on the European forums. His tendency to start inflammatory threads and in his own words "pwn" any attempts at disagreement has earned him many friends and enemies over time.
Since most of his posts can be interpreted as either genuine rants or thinly-veiled attempts at baiting the more impressionable forum users into outraged replies, the jury is still out on the ultimate motivation of Replicant's twisted mind.
This cute pink-haired pair of pigtails was the cause of controversy on her native realms throughout her forum career. Posting a lot, her posts could often be construed more as flaming and trolling than constructive, but more often than not she managed to be somewhat witty. She posted a lot on her realm forums, but also quite a bit on the Off-Topic, General, and other forums.
Kawaii begun her (forum) career on Agamaggan, on which she caused some controversy over some nationality issues. Moving on, she migrated to Kor'gall in the first free migration from Agamaggan to Kor'gall. Although Kawaii is a gnome mage, she left her spirit on Kor'gall as an undead rogue after leaving Kor'gall in the first free migration to Emeriss. Things cooled down on the realm scene after her arrival on Emeriss, as it seemed the majority of Kor'gallians stayed on Kor'gall, but this soon changed after the second free migration from Kor'gall to Emeriss.
After having been temporarily banned from the forums several times, Kawaii finally received a permanent ban to the European forums in late 2006 for "Posting harassing or defamatory language towards others". On the matter of the ban, she has been heard saying "I'm glad it happened. I was starting to dislike what I'd become."
Other notable posters who might recognize the name Kawaii include Anvilbeard, among others.
Kawaii also posted as Sapphire, and Jolee. Her other characters remain unknown. You can find Kawaii in the Armory here.
Lysander was the creator of the thread, "How to make a Warcraft Movie: The Basics," which eventually drowned in the masses of the forums. He is known to insert witty remarks, and is commonly affiliated with the view that Blizzard does listen and that they do care. Confusion often arose when it was revealed two users, both regulars on the general forum, were posting. Although one lysander is known to reside on genjuros and indeed made the movie making guide, the undead Lysander was responsible for often reassuring people that Blizzard listen. He also used to have a guild on the server Genjuros, called "Lysander FTW," but this disbandoned. Lysander commented:
"Reasons beyond my control resulted in the existence of Lysander FTW to cease. I'll get those meddlin' squirrels one day.
ONE DAY." http://forums-en.wow-europe.com/thread.aspx?fn=wow-general-en&t=797886&p=1&tmp=1#post797886 [Link Is Now Dead]
Now a well-known guide author like Highlander, he has made a guide to the Fishing Extravaganza and Engineering. He also answers questions around the Professions forums, and is known to be writing an extensive walkthrough of the Tier 0.5 questline.
A relative newcomer to the off-topic forums, Kissmequick (KMQ for short) is an aspiring author with a penchant for ribald jokes and double entendres. She plots to try and rise to fame through the dark side or lunacy on the forums.
Frequent Forum Behaviour
Included here because of recurring appearances, the use of some of these items is considered by most forum users to be pointless, immature and generally idiotic.
The O RLY bird
The O RLY bird and its derivations (YA RLY, NO WAI) are thought to have been brought over from the American forums by some of the
trolls younger and more enthusiastic posters. It was used heavily in its ASCII form for a period of time in 2005, also spawning other World of Warcraft related ascii art (eg. Learn2Play man). The use of the picture form gradually died out of its own accord and it is a rare sight nowadays. The shorter text form including just the question (O RLY?) is still used in many cases.
Thought to be an exclusively WoW related term, Learn2Play was originally developed by our friends over on the American forums. It originated from a shaman named Nert, as an effort to repel players who were calling for the nerfing of his class.
Usual post format is a single line reply with only the words Learn2Play (no spaces), or one of its derivatives. These can involve using no capitals or broken spelling in one or both words (eg. lern2plai, L2P). The phrase "It's fine," is also sometimes used before the "Learn2Play".
The term is usually used in nerf and whine threads that attempt to point out a perceived game play advantage or disadvantage towards a specific class. Learn2Play signifies its poster's disagreement and usually disdain for the plight of the thread starter and carries a suggestion that the latter should better familiarize himself with the proper use of his or her character. In short, the poster is trying to say that the issue specified does not exist and the real problem is the thread starter's lack of skill.
Nerf Shaman Threads
This category includes the almost endless supply of threads by forum users who believe that the shaman class in its current form is overpowered, meaning it is easier to play successfully (usually in PvP combat situations) than any other class. This belief seems widespread amongst the WoW community, seemingly more so on the side of the Alliance, though the most aggrieved classes appear to be the Shamans counterpart, the Paladin and the Mage.
While many arguments have been used over time to try and prove these allegations of imbalance, "nerf shaman" threads are usually instantly spammed with "O RLY?" and "Learn2Play" comments and rarely lead to any constructive dialog. The fact that this popular stance has as yet resulted in no direct game changes from Blizzard makes a strong case that the perceived extra advantages of the shaman are actually a myth.
A common occurrence many months ago, posts in by the Shamans who had unfairly tolerated these "nerf shaman" threads for many months would often retort to using quotes similar to those found on the Random Vin Diesel Fact generator. For example "Vin Diesel has 160 talent points" could be used to suggest that Shamans could take all the points in their talent trees, thus making them viable healers, meleers and spell casters. These "Vin Diesel Facts" are made up to show that many of the nerf whiners have little clue about the subject they are complaining about, as many separate specializations of Shamans exist but none have everything as they suggest.
To this day in many EU Shamans minds, Vin Diesel remains their biggest mascot.
Introduced into the mainstream forum by Anvilbeard in an episode of Warcraft Weekly, the practise of many posters posting the same phrase has increased in popularity in recent times. Some of the most famous phrases were:
- "You will melt faces as a shadow priest in PvP"
- Any reference to a cloak that is "... white, cool and longer than your average cloak" (The proper stoneskin gargoyle cape phrasing is "it looks pretty cool too. It's white and looks longer than your average cloak or cape.")
- "It has new stats!" (about the Don Rodrigo's Band which got his attributes changed in Patch 1.11.0)
- "You got the lag"
- "Why are you playing a <race - class>"
- "Legolas dual wields Dawn's Edge"
- Using a variation of "He/she/it despawns at 20% saying how it is not its time yet"
- Turning someone else's statement around using "In soviet Russia..." as a prefix
- "It Is a Horror Effect" (a warlock fad talking about the new deathcoil buffs in 1.8)
Standing for "In before the lock", this common acronym is almost always posted in threads that are believed to be violating the forum Code of Conduct and therefore locked in the near future. The term "lock" refers to a GM preventing any further posts to be made in the thread. There are many reasons why "IBTL" is so popular, many depending on the specific user. Some consider it a challenge or a game, other quote "fun" to be a primary reason.
This new acronym stands for "posting to see replies". Blizzards new forum software has so far proven unable to properly display posts made in a thread before a user has posted there themselves. New replies would show up on the index page, but remain invisible in the actual thread. "Posting to see replies" solves that problem.
Can I have your stuff?
One liner used exclusively in the popular "I quit" threads, where the original poster wants to inform the forums that due to one reason or another they will be canceling their WoW account. "Stuff" refers to the gold and items that the thread starter has amassed on all his characters, which would be destroyed permanently on character deletion. However, since in World of Warcraft all wearable items are soulbound (meaning only usable by 1 character), the term is used more out of a tradition carried over from other MMORPGs and is used sarcastically rather than as an actual appeal for freebies. The actual meaning of this phrase is often "I don't care about your reasons, just be gone!"
First, Second, Third (etc.)
Similar to IBTL, some in the WoW community seem to take pride in being one of the first people to reply to a thread. This behaviour is seen mostly (but not exclusively) in GM threads, which are the most read and have the potential to grow very large. The format is usually the numerical reference, followed by an empty line and then a possible witty comment (eg. "LOL") from the poster. Many people frown upon this practice, but due to the particular mentality (and age) of some forum posters it is likely to continue for years to come.
Spelling wrong on purpose
This is something mostly level 1 forum characters do, basically to troll around. One such example is written by Xeqterz the level 6 tauren druid where he writes the following:
"hey ai gut a problim ai juzt cnat rezzurekt becuz ai diad and nuw aim with a gost becus he killd me ai think he was a cretur... so huw do ai ress? or muzt ai creat nu car? tank u"
Mostly, this are just trolls that are bored out of the mind, or just to annoy people. There are loads of example of this gibberish on the World of Warcraft Europe forums.
"Newcomer" vs. "noob"
A new player is often welcomed and given the title of "newcomer". This title refers to a person who is quite new to the game, but willing to learn as much about it as possible and very open to suggestions. A "noob" is the term used for players who don't know much about the game, but who seem to think they know everything and are very abusive if other players make valid suggestions to improve their gaming style. These two terms have often been confused on the WoW-forums. Generally speaking it is not-done to call someone a "noob" under any circumstance. If a forum-user uses the word "noob" as response to a normal newcomer-question, he/she can expect that word to backfire on him/her greatly.
A relatively new term is "rickrolling", which is a response to the lesser known "duckrolling", the thing is to post about something interesting and claim to have a video on it, usually uploaded to youtube. When unsuspecting users click the link, they are greeted with a music video performed by Rick Astley, called "Never gonna give you up". Recently this type of behavior has reached the European Forums and a community-initiative to combat it is supported by Aeus.
A relatively new trend that refers to people resurrecting old threads in order to create confusion among other posters.
- ^ http://learn2play.ytmnd.com/