I was in Behest with all the random "Behest Superstars" in the area. We proceeded to kill mobs and noticed several people insisting on Soloing Behest mobs and tried to shrug it off. I figured I would make the suggestion to target "Red mobs" only to have the group leader mention that it didn't matter, "objective is to kill all mobs." Instead of pointing out the SP benefits of focusing on the targeted group at a time in group chat, I politely waited till Behest was over and sent him a /tell hoping to enlighten him on this fact. He promptly responded with how Behest is different and it doesn't matter, then called me a "dumass" I asked him why he was calling me names and then told me I started it, lol. Anyways, I tried to get some confirmation in /shout from the surrounding people about the Behest objectives and maximizing SP, w/o calling out, who we'll call "the idiot", I was talking to, only to get NOT ONE reply besides the idiot replying in /shout "There is a mix of Japanese and English speaking people, it would be difficult to coordinate it."
I'm hoping my experience the other night is not consistent with the experience of others and will not be on a frequent basis. So my questions are: Are you all seeing a lot of this?, am I reasonably upset or should I just shut up and deal with it?, and Do you all foresee a change in this community attitude?
Despite all the bugs and broken systems in this game, this community factor would help me stay motivated to log in and stay entertained but this is nothing like the mmorpg experience I had in FFXI. People were generally helpful, especially to the newbies. And most everyone was cordial and mature. There was even a random person who felt I could use the gil and gave me 20,000 (which used to be a lot, especially when you first start off and are doing quests with 600gil rewards)
The obvious response would be to get a good LS but unfortunately it is difficult for me with my random play times to coordinate LS oriented activities so I put myself at the mercy of PUGs most often then not. You take the good with the bad of course but I'm not seeing a lot of good in the PUGs I've been in.