I don’t see social responsibility as being more tanks and healers required in game. Far from it. I see social responsibility as being people not griefing tanks and healers, because they’re the front line targets, and easiest to blame when Things Go Wrong. I talked about PUG horror stories the other day, and why I, as a healer, am not putting myself in the firing line.
It’s not about needing more tanks/healers because they’re so low in numbers. It’s because they’re the ones who get the blame first and foremost. It’s about changing the attitudes to how we speak to strangers in PUG groups. It’s about looking at ourselves first and foremost when things go wrong. It’s about people ENJOYING what they do.
I would sooner wait 40 minutes for a tank, who is happy to be a tank, and is GOOD at what they do, than have a number of people who don’t like tanking but fo it because their LFD queue is shorter. I heal. I guess I’m a lifestyle healer because it’s what I LIKE. I like looking after people. Someone who’s doing it purely because they think it’s required might discover they like it sure, but the chances are that they find healing a chore. If I were DPS, I’d prefer the wait and have someone who cares doing the job.
I don’t want to heal because I’m being guilted into it. I want to play this game the way I want to play it, I pay for it, it’s my relaxation.
So don’t say it’s all about social responsibility and put the blame onto the low number of tanks and healers. Let’s sort out the problems that the current ones have with PUG groups, let’s sort out the attitude of people towards them. Less of the lolfailn00b please, give them some patience, be polite to them, don’t show them up in partychat as lolfail. Pointers where pointers are due.
And tanks, healers that means we don’t give DPS grief either, because it’s a Two Way Thing.
So. Long story short? Our first and foremost social responsibility is BE EXCELLENT TO EACH OTHER.
And then we might find tanks and healers willing to PUG once more.