HOW TO BECOME AN MMBFF
@ Jamedon - here are my musings at your request.
This is, by no means, the gold standard for being a good MM friend but it was my attempt. I am positive there are people out there who treat their friends better than I do & we are all open to suggestion.
My rules of thumb are as follows:
1. Foremost, I guess, and the rule to live by is to practice common courtesy & human decency. Let's not lose sight of the fact that we are dealing with real people & are in competition with no one really. What's the prize? A good ego trip? How sad is your life if you have to get that from a free game?
I am not friends with any of the top 5 players but of all of them I admire Zidane10 the most coz he has, by far, the highest reputation, which means he takes time to visit & tip his friends. I'm sure they're all good people but from the outside looking in, that is playing smart while keeping in line with what a good human being should be so he will always be #1 to me
2. Always gift back - I gift back anyone who sends me anything - whether it's one charge item or one collection item, whether they leave a message or not.
I do scratch my head at people gifting me drills! LOL! C'mon people, at 300 do you really think my laboratory is still closed? I laugh & gift them back anyway coz I pity their ignorance. After all, your generosity is not about getting anything back. From your email, I think you just want to be kind to your friends. So be generous to a fault!
3. Visit ALL friends at least once a month - when I do my bonus visits I will tip & gift everyone. You'll know the order of your friends by how they appear in the 'ask a friend' box. So start with the first person there. When you're done with your bonuses, just remember at whose manor you stopped. I have a notebook where I write such things down.
When I'm busy, like during the new moon event (that was one bitch of a quest - sorry I'll bleep myself LOL), I only look for friends under level 70 to visit coz they need the most help. Be good to low level players. Even if you think they are just using you. We can't teach greedy people to be generous by denying them right? The human effect we're hoping for is that they eventually develop a more generous nature too when they are ready.
4. Have respect for cultural differences - I just remind myself that we're dealing with different cultures & a lot of players who are non-English speaking ones can come off as rude. I always give them the benefit of the doubt that something gets lost in translation.
I have encountered some who don't want to post messages because they are embarrassed by their English. But maybe because I've visited them a few times that they feel compelled to post a message & first thing they always say is 'I'm sorry my English is not good but thank you'
And for all we know, our English may be rude to them as well when translated in their language.
In the story of Helen Keller, they experience triumph over communication challenges because, to quote, "everyone responds to love".
5. Be tolerant of the idiosyncrasies of people - people are lovely, dynamic creatures because their uniqueness will always surprise you in a good way. But everybody has their bad days.
Someone told me once, remember the day when you were biting everyone's head off even when unprovoked. Try to remember what you were going through. In all likelihood, you were having grave personal, financial or career troubles. Maybe they're having one of those days & deserve compassion. So practice leniency at all times!
6. Don't ostracize non-multigifters - I can't look down on non-multigifters. In fact, my take on that is, they actually sacrifice more when they gift because they are limited to 10 collection items & 50 charge items. And they have chosen to gift you! So I make sure I send them a whole lot of love especially if their level is under 100.
7. Consider special requirements like Monkeys, Ikebanas &room assembly items - I will always try to leave as many as needed. Like I know they need 20 monkeys so I will leave that or 10 ikebanas if it's on their wish list. If their wish list are like ac's or lead collars, I leave a message asking how many of each they still need. (uhem - I have a lot of diamonds to drop my counter - LOL! I plead the 5th!)
8. Tipping - I tip everyone coz I'm an explorer and except for maybe 3 people who asked me not to tip, most say yes. To manage your strength, I start my visits towards the end of my level so I level up just when my strength is about to deplete. Or I charge a few Beach Entertainment sets (#82) for 3 barbells per charge. You won't run out.
Finally, be kind to everyone even those whom you feel don't deserve it. You could be wrong.
So I hope this is useful and have answered your query. Have a great game and enjoy! Happiness can be created!
Last edited by QueenVictoria on Sat Jul 28, 2012 9:00 pm; edited 2 times in total