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Black_Napalm13 #1 Posted Mar 23 2013 - 19:35

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Background: WoT is a game that I have been playing a lot at work, since I work in computer repair and there are periods of long downtime with no work to do.

After one of the matches that I participating in when I had to go AFK to help out a customer who arrived, I received a message from another user telling me that I had been reported for doing so for the 100th time (which I actually seriously doubt), it occured to me that I have been forced to be AFK at matches more than I would like, so I would like to apologize for the inconvience that any player has met while playing in a match that I been AFK.  I'm sorry for it, and it isn't something I try to do intentionally.

Since this will probably be brought up, I do know that there are other single player games that I could play instead, and I have been playing those as well.  As an example, I have over 500 hrs logged into the Mass Effect series.  So there are times I would like to play against other people instead of NPCs.

Finally, if you want to hate/insult me for this feel free to do so, but once again, I'm sorry for being AFK at any match.  :hiding:

Edited by Black_Napalm13, Mar 23 2013 - 19:35.


icoleman #2 Posted Mar 23 2013 - 19:36

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I'm pretty sure I was in one match with that name in it, being AFK is understandable, just type that you're going afk, so people dont get the wrong idea.

AletX #3 Posted Mar 23 2013 - 19:38

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You sure have lots of guts to admit you afk and apologize publicly on the forum. Kudo to you sir +1

rhino1111 #4 Posted Mar 23 2013 - 19:39

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Unforgivable.

1) Your playing wot while working in an environment where you'd need to go afk to help customers at any minute.

I wouldn't doubt you've been afk for over 100 matches.

DJYC21215 #5 Posted Mar 23 2013 - 19:41

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View Postrhino1111, on Mar 23 2013 - 19:39, said:

Unforgivable.

1) Your playing wot while working in an environment where you'd need to go afk to help customers at any minute.

I wouldn't doubt you've been afk for over 100 matches.

Agreed. Simply apologizing for something doesn't make it acceptable. Especially if you're going to continue doing whatever it is your apologizing for.

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View Postrhino1111, on Mar 23 2013 - 19:39, said:

Unforgivable.

1) Your playing wot while working in an environment where you'd need to go afk to help customers at any minute.

I wouldn't doubt you've been afk for over 100 matches.
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Ubuntu #7 Posted Mar 23 2013 - 19:43

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Hmm. Is your employer OK with this arrangement?

Also, I could imagine there are times that anyone would step away, but they don't happen often. I had to take a phone call during a battle once this year. Otherwise, I am playing at a time of day when I can virtually guarantee that I will see the end of any match I hit the battle button for.

Ultimately, the frequency of you being AFK will determine if you are in the wrong.

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Hey, At least you are up front about it.  AFK happens to us all.  Work, Phone, Dog needs outside/inside, pizza arrived..  whatever.  Some are going to be regular, some irregular.  It happens.   All I can say is state that you have to go AFK and let your team deal with it.  If its due to work, Well, work pays the bills, thus is a good idea to afk for.  Dog will leave a mess.. good afk.   Pizza man may leave.. good afk.  Phone.. voicemail.. unsure if good afk (really depends on who is calling.  Guido wanting his money, or girl wanting to ... ).    Anyways, you are likely taking a hit in terms of the game (money, exp, real vs potential).. likely to be destroyed in a loss..   I am ok with your afk.  Life is more important than online game anyways.

McBaconater #9 Posted Mar 23 2013 - 19:50

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Nice confession ! now the Mods have all the info they need to ban you for wrecking other peoples fun by playing on the job and having to ditch out on battles . Very bad form on both accounts 1) playing games on the job and 2) consistantly going afk and expecting a confession to make it better .

karnage666 #10 Posted Mar 23 2013 - 19:51

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Hmm when it is unavoidable type  afk  in chat it will help your team adjust .. somewhat.

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View Postrhino1111, on Mar 23 2013 - 19:39, said:

Unforgivable.

1) Your playing wot while working in an environment where you'd need to go afk to help customers at any minute.

I wouldn't doubt you've been afk for over 100 matches.

While I agree that I am not playing in a good enviornment, this does not actually happen as much as I think you think I do.  I only play when I have completed all the work that has been assigned to me, and I have only recently started playing WoT at work in the past 2 weeks or so (I should have pointed that out)  The most AFK's I can recall is about 10 out of 70 ~80 matches.  But I understand that you're probably mad about it, so once again I apologize for it.

View PostDJYC21215, on Mar 23 2013 - 19:41, said:

Agreed. Simply apologizing for something doesn't make it acceptable. Especially if you're going to continue doing whatever it is your apologizing for.

I would just like to say that it is something I'm trying to reduce, and it is not intentional

View PostUbuntu, on Mar 23 2013 - 19:43, said:

Hmm. Is your employer OK with this arrangement?

Also, I could imagine there are times that anyone would step away, but they don't happen often. I had to take a phone call during a battle once this year. Otherwise, I am playing at a time of day when I can virtually guarantee that I will see the end of any match I hit the battle button for.

Ultimately, the frequency of you being AFK will determine if you are in the wrong.

Yes, my boss is fine with it as long as I have completed all my work.  Usually I can finish my matches, but sometimes I am unable to. :(

Edited by Black_Napalm13, Mar 23 2013 - 19:53.


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Your fine in my book for going AFK. :smile:
It's just a game so I really don't care if anyone goes AFK.

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View PostBlack_Napalm13, on Mar 23 2013 - 19:51, said:

While I agree that I am not playing in a good enviornment, this does not actually happen as much as I think you think I do.  I only play when I have completed all the work that has been assigned to me, and I have only recently started playing WoT at work in the past 2 weeks or so (I should have pointed that out)  The most AFK's I can recall is about 10 out of 70 ~80 matches.  But I understand that you're probably mad about it, so once again I apologize for it.

I'm not mad, It's just a game. I just show no sympathy for chronic AFK'ers.
Let's assume that you AFK at the rate you provided.

You AFK 12.5% of matches(10/80 matches). That's 1/8 games. That means every time you play 8 games, at least 1 team was unfortunate enough to get a player who won't be contributing to the team. Since this IS a TEAM game, you need to realize that AFK'ing can negatively affect the enjoyment of the game for the 14 other players on your team.

Yes, we all have real lives, and real life stuff going on. So that brings up the question. If you're busy with real life stuff why bother playing at that time? Sure unexpected things come up, but that definately doesn't happen at a rate which you go AFK.

Either way, expect to be reported a lot at your current rate, and eventually banned.

Edited by rhino1111, Mar 23 2013 - 19:59.


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View PostMcBaconater, on Mar 23 2013 - 19:50, said:

Nice confession ! now the Mods have all the info they need to ban you for wrecking other peoples fun by playing on the job and having to ditch out on battles . Very bad form on both accounts 1) playing games on the job and 2) consistantly going afk and expecting a confession to make it better .

My boss is fine with me playing WoT, since like I said, I only play when all my work is finished.  If I played WoT before my work, I would be out of a job in no time.  Also, my confession is not to make anything better, it's to apologize to any players who I have been in a match where I was called off to help a customer who suddenly arrives.

View Postrhino1111, on Mar 23 2013 - 19:58, said:

I'm not mad, It's just a game. I just show no sympathy for chronic AFK'ers.
Let's assume that you AFK at the rate you provided.
You AFK 12.5% of matches(10/80 matches). That's 1/8 games. That means every time you play 8 games, at least 1 team was unfortunate enough to get a player who won't be contributing to the team. Since this IS a TEAM game, you need to realize that AFK'ing can negatively affect the enjoyment of the game for the 14 other players on your team.

I understand what you're saying, and if I can't get that percentage down lower, I will revert to just playing at home instead of at work and home.

Edited by Black_Napalm13, Mar 23 2013 - 20:01.


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Whatever man life happens. If you can play at work go for it. Have to make time to grind those tanks anyways.
+1 for being honest about it.

EDIT* If you do get banned, im sure you could explain your situation to the support staff and they will most likely lift it. They lifted mine after all.

Edited by NordicRose, Mar 23 2013 - 20:02.


XVM_Camo #16 Posted Mar 23 2013 - 20:06

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People need to learn the life happens and unexpected things pop up.

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View Postibyguy, on Mar 23 2013 - 20:06, said:

People need to learn the life happens and unexpected things pop up.
Getting pulled away from the game by your JOB is not unexpected , any one should expect that when playing games at WORK you could be pulled away to earn your paycheck so that isn't an excuse here .

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View PostOnlyBacon, on Mar 23 2013 - 20:15, said:

Getting pulled away from the game by your JOB is not unexpected , any one should expect that when playing games at WORK you could be pulled away to earn your paycheck so that isn't an excuse here .

ACTUALLY there are many jobs where unexpected things do occur. Working at a fastfood place or walmart wouldn't expose you to such an environment

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I don't mind AFK if you have started it, I hate the ones that say on the SPAWN and don't move

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Based on what you have stated, I would recommend sticking with things you can hit 'pause' in while you're at work. If it is WOT-related, it could mean improving your play by watching other folks' uploaded replays or researching weaknesses of adversarial tanks.

You'll find that there is enough players in this game who avoid grinding for XP or credits by simply queuing into a match and not participating. You don't want to be mixed in with that crowd.