WoW Insider has an interesting post — and a lively discussion — on disenchanting during dungeon runs in, “Who keeps the shards?”
The gist of it is that in WotLK, Enchanters have been keeping the shards from boss-drop disenchants, bucking a basic rule of etiquette that’s been commonplace for at least two or three years now.
I’ve noticed it myself — it’s more common than not to see Enchanters leave group after a run without offering rolls on the sharded loot to the rest of the party. You wouldn’t do that in The Burning Crusade, especially if you wanted to keep your reputation intact. It was considered bad form.
A few commenters on the post made some good points on behalf of Enchanters — Miners, Leatherworkers and Herbalists aren’t expected to share the materials they get from mobs or nodes during dungeon runs, so why should Enchanters?
On the other side of the argument is the fact that, without the four other people in the group, the Enchanter wouldn’t be getting the shards in the first place.
Most people who run with guildies are going to see an eventual return on those shards, whether it comes in the forum of free enchants from buddies or a guild bank full of shards and essences. PUGs are different, but anyone who PUGs regularly is probably already accustomed to rudeness and general stupidity.
But while we’re on this topic, how about a little love for the Skinners out there? If your healer or tank — or even the DPS — stops to mine a node, the group stops. Likewise, people will stand around for a disenchant. But skinning? Not so much. Most groups don’t seem to have the patience to wait an extra 10 seconds or so for Skinners to do their thing. Likewise, most Skinners have probably had the experience of asking their party members to loot corpses, to no avail.
We’ve all been on Violet Hold runs where a dozen azure dragon corpses lay scattered about, un-skinnable because a party member decided not to loot a random grey item. Those corpses could have Borean Leather, Icy Dragonscales or even Arctic Fur. A missed corpse could mean 40g less for the Skinner.
So if we can start the dialogue on Enchanters, we can start the dialogue on Skinners. You know that guy who helped you out by crafting your first epic cloak? The same guy you turn to every time you get an upgrade in the pants slot and need a new armor kit? Yeah. Help him out a bit, and loot that corpse. He’ll thank you for it.