So, bear with me, I tend to be fond of literary exposition.
So, I am "mining" my own business out by CopperBell and a Lancer shouts out for anyone who wants to run CB since he's been waiting forever on the Duty Finder. I feel for him, as I play ACN and more or less avoid DF because of the wait, but CB is a story instance and he's stuck. So I shout out that I'll be his healer and switch out to my CNJ (21). After I join, a group of other helpful folks join in right quick and a-spelunking we go.
So, while we're down, delving the depths of said dungeon, the Tank asks that I switch off Cleric Stance, which I had intentionally switched to, because he was kind of squishy. When he asked me why I would intentionally use Cleric Stance to reduce my heals, I explained that by using slightly lower heals, I reduced my Threat Profile, which in turn allowed me to cast Cure more often, particularly after Cure would Crit, which could heal for quite abit more.
To explain my thinking, its a carry-over logic from FFxi, where over-Curing the Tank would result in a higher Threat Profile for the Healer. To be honest, I have no actual facts to back up my assumption regarding this mechanic save the experience of A LOT of Sas/Tam/Bell runs across multiple characters leveled as CNJ.
The Tank got huffy and started telling me how he played a WHM (implying he was higher level and knew more about the job than I did, without actually asking me what my un-level-synced level was >.> ) and that I shouldn't worry about my Threat Profile, that was his problem. I take the opinion (my ideas regarding Healing and Threat aside) Threat is everyone's problem and that we should all take steps to make the Tank's job easier.
As a sidenote, he never once died, though I did get a few times from runaway mobs and was the only one in double digit health at the end of the final boss fight while everyone else was nearly full.
( ... and I can't let this go, because honestly, he annoyed me and I find myself being petty about this, but he claimed that I would get players in a lvl 35 instance killed but didn't recognize that I was using a macro for Fluid Aura when I spammed it a couple of times on accident, telling me to "stop typing and heal" >.>; )
So, for those who jumped to this last line, does over-healing produce more Threat than say healing that doesn't fill a health bar completely?
Edited, Sep 19th 2013 2:49am by Jjnnyrr