Originally Posted by dwolfg
Why tap on the aquarium or help the fish to grow?
^^^ This pretty much sums it up and says all one needs to know with regards to engaging poor players who think they actually know what they're doing, or that someone else doesn't.
Along these lines, I have a personality flaw that I've struggled with my whole life. I'm a somewhat OCD, detail-oriented freak who feels compelled to "educate" or correct people, not out of ego or the need to feel superior, but because I actually feel anxiety when witnessing blatant ignorance or stupidity. And no, not to the degree of being a spelling nazi (although I do cringe at some people's spelling/grammer, I manage to contain myself, and also remind myself that our typing fingers and keyboards don't always obey our brain).
Not arguing with the donks who obviously don't know what they're doing, but insist they do, was one of the harder things for me to resist when I started playing. Even when I didn't always know the right play either, I was studying enough to often recognize a bad play when I saw one. I couldn't help but to respond with explanations of my play, or of someone else's play, or to rebut the offending oaf's bragging with in-his-face results from SharkScope
that proved he was not the player he thought he was (it was always a bit funny to catch those who had no idea that sites actually compiled stats on them).
I quickly learned the error of my ways, however, and today offer a "nh" and "gg" when I run afoul of a lucky donk. I want him to keep thinking he's got it going on, and that we can learn from him. On rare occasion (maybe once or twice at most) when someone is being overly abusive in chat, I have reported them. Otherwise I just ignore or mute them. I hesitate to disable chat completely because you can often read people by their chat, or sometimes a friendly banter develops that I enjoy.