How social are you in-game?
It's really been bothering me lately how people shut themselves off from anyone not in their linkshells, and for no apparent reason. I can understand if they were avoiding a player who is known for being an ***, or even someone who doesn't have much playing skills. But when two people are complete strangers to each other and one tries to start a conversation, s/he gets ignored. WTF?
This has happened to me soooo many times. See a person without a linkshell? Ask them if they want to join yours. What happens? They will ignore you. Not only that, they might even target you and ignore you. Or stand there and start crafting. They do something that eliminates the thought of them being AFK, but they don't respond. If you're one of those kinds of people, why do you do that? I don't understand how people can play MMOs and shut themselves off to majority of the people playing around them.
I hate to compare this to any other game, but just thinking back to when I've played other MMOs, it was cool to meet new people. You could help each other out, or just kill time talkin' about random things. With the way this game is designed, you kind of NEED to communicate with people to get things done, big or small. Getting repairs, having something crafted, having friends who will hold onto certain materials you need if the get them while they're doing their own thing, partying, and the list goes on. So once again, with so many benefits to having friends in the game, why do you avoid making them? Or in the very least, why do you insist on being rude and not giving so much as a "yes" or "no"?