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With anything in life,  sometimes people lose direction.  Whether it's in a personal life or even in a wow gaming life.   Life occurs and ends up causing hiccups in their priorities.

Please understand,  I will always question whether warcraft should ever be in the top 5 of priorities in anyone's life.   When everything is removed,  the game,  the accomplishments and the camaraderie with others, this is a game that we are all paying 15 dollars a month to play.

When I started playing wow Barren chat was the place to avoid like the plague.  Every bad Chuck Norris joke and body function joke was told there.   Rambling missives about the latest breakup with someone's girlfriend were strewed around the sands of the barrens.  I am sure that the alliance players had their own graveyard of creative thought and fart jokes as they began to level.

But all of this travelled to Main city trade chats as players obtained higher and higher level.  With all of the capitol cities connected there really was no escape from the chaos.  Admitting that there was an occasional interesting comment, for the most part it was droll and frustrating.  Especially when attempting to watch for crafting requests and sales/buying opportunity.

Some servers have self policed themselves and pushed the natter to the general channel,  keeping the trade channel open.  Others have let their trade channel become the wild wild west.   Which does become disappointing due to the idea that it removes general access to crafters that players might need.

With Mists of Pandaria opening its doors soon,  this will become much more prevalent with new players discovering the "joy" of telling their favorite joke in trade channel.  You know the one you've heard 100 times before involving some racist or sexual act.   

So how is this combatted?   There really is no way to eliminate it completely.  People have the right to play wow any way they want to as long as they don't break the terms of usage that Blizzard enforces.   But the first combat is to make sure that you are not doing the same behavior.   If you advertise in trade chat,  then keep it professional.   Advertise your product or service,  have a good tag line and let it marinate in the traffic.   Spamming your add continually will just clutter up the works,  and please save that awesome sheep joke for your other friends offline.

Keeping the traffic clear will help new players get the help they need,  add more gold into your goblin pockets,  and maybe put a dent in the trade chat nattering.

Good Luck and Good Hunting

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