I’ve been slowly grinding my way through the daily crunch to get rep with all the new factions. I’ve completed a few factions, but am still working on most of them.
All judgements about the dailies aside, there is one thing that is bugging me more than any other at the moment: if you need something for your dailies, just take the damned thing! You do not get dibs on it by standing nearby!
I’ve heard people complaining in general chat, in forums, in guild chat, and once even to me in a whisper. The complaint is always the same: “I was trying to get item X and was standing near it fighting some mobs when some a-hole flew in and took it from me!!1!”
The thing is, the dailies now are so densely packed, it’s impossible to tell exactly what you’re going after.
You could be, for example, fighting a mob near a pile of vegetables, and near a mushroom, and maybe near some rope. I know there are quests to burn the rope, get the vegetables, get the mushroom, and kill the mobs. All I know is that you’re fighting mobs, so I figure that’s what you’re there to do. If you really wanted the mushroom, why wouldn’t you take two seconds to pick it. It’s not like you’re in a life or death fight here: these are dailies.
This is what I do. I fly down, the mobs charge me, I grab the quest item I need first, then burn the mobs down.
If someone is standing right next to or on top of a quest item, then I figure they’re going for it and leave them be. But if they’re just in the area, I assume they’re working on something different. I don’t think this makes me an a-hole; it’s just pragmatic.
Rather than complaining in every channel possible about people doing this, why not just pick up the damn item you want? Then you won’t have the problem.
*Note there are some quest items that have a timer (takes a couple seconds to grab) on them, that can get interrupted when you’re attacked. Special dispensation to melee classes for these. In this case just make sure you’re standing as close to on top of the item as possible to make it clear what you’re there for.