Well it finally happened on the peak! After ages of people asking for achievements for everything (including when the fire watcher was released in VOA one genius asking for the VOA 10 achievement to join a group for VOA10 on the week it was released) now its gear score tastic.
By the looks of it now you cannot get into any raid without having done it before and also having some form of gear score (5K + for ICC it appears I have no clue what my druids is at all). It makes me glad I generally raid with the guild as for anyone new coming through even with an alt has had it for PUG raids even for older stuff like TOC which to be honest you could do easily as long as you know the fights.
Personally it really hacks me off as from where I sit gear score means precisely dick. Even asking for the achievement is a little better as you are asking if someone has seen the fight even if its from face down on the floor.
I have in heroics encountered people with nice gear on inspection who have turned out to be either asleep or not in possession of a keyboard I still shudder at the memories of full t9 ret pally pulling <1000 dps. I am sure their gear score is respectable but I think my dog could play better by licking pizza off the keyboard.
I hope that Ghostcrawler wasn't joking in his hint that Blizz could come up with a way to break gearscore such as the I level 600 shirt ect.
I don't know why this annoys me so much as it really doesn't affect me due to A) my main being well geared and B) me only raiding with my guild as a rule.
I think it is that I have always had a bit an issue with elitism especially when it is used by people who consider themselves elite by to be honest are so far off of it its laughable.
I get it sometimes at work as even though I am a qualified chemist I need by the nature of my work to wear overalls a lot. Ours are bright orange so we look like binmen it is amazing some of the assumptions that are made by people on sites we work on (generally those who wear labcoats as they work in a nice clean environment) as to the level of our skill and knowledge. Nothing give me greater pleasure that to put people such people right especially as I have 20 years experience in my chosen field.
Overall my experiences over the years at work have taught me never to make snap judgements on people as I meet all sorts of people who have all sorts of appearances depending on the work they carry out. I have met lorry drivers with doctorates, a man dressed like a tramp who in fact turned out to be a multi millionaire and people who are qualified way beyond I would ever be but who outside their chosen field I wouldn't have trusted to make a cup of tea as their common sense appeared to be have been pushed out of their heads by the knowledge they had accumulated.
I try and apply this in game to anyone I have grouped with I tend to judge on how they perform not on their gear or achievements. I only wish others would do the same but addons such as gearscore just push snap judgments even more and I wish it would go away as soon as possible.
But yesterday I saw someone asking for a 4K gearscore to do Naxx 10 so I guess we have a way to go yet....