UPDATE: As of Feb. 2014, the Warcraft Hunter’s Union is not being updated. If you’re looking for current hunter and WoW information, I’d encourage you to check out our Hunter Resource List. And if you’re curious about the site and the many epic things the hunter community accomplished, please check on The History of the WHU. You can also still join the WHU Guild, which is alive and well on the Icecrown server. Head in-game and join the /WHU chat channel for an invite.
How can I get in touch with the WHU?
You can email Frostheim at: firstname.lastname@example.org
What server are you on?
Frostheim and Arust are on Alliance side of Icecrown.
Can you help me with my DPS?
Yes. In fact, that is one of the primary purposes of this site. The way we help is with the guides here on the WHU that cover all of the basics of what’s the best dps spec, talent builds, shot rotations, glyphs, gems, enchants, and more. Feel free to shoot us an email if you have a specific question about hunter mechanics or abilities.
Important– please, please, please for the love of all that is worthy do not send me an email saying “Can you look at my character and tell me what I’m doing wrong / how to improve my dps.” I’m not going to say anything different than what it says on this site. In fact, I’m not going to say anything at all. This is the one type of email that I will no longer respond to. It’s very time-consuming to review your profile and very frustrating to then just repeat everything that I’ve already said in all the WHU guides.
What’s the WHU Guild?
The WHU guild is a guild for dues paying members of the WHU to play around with dwarven hunters and generally get up to crazy shenanigans. It is the platform through which we host WHU in-game events. Anyone can join (if you can follow the rules). For more information see the WHU Guild Page.
What does the Donate button money go to?
Donations are appreciated and help to justify the time spent on the site, videos, in-game events, podcasts, and all the research that goes into those. Donations pay for treats and toys — like ice cream and computer upgrades. The cost of hosting this site is very small. The time commitment, however, is very large.
What’s with the gold selling ads?
The WHU has an ad over on the left side that is handled automatically through google adwords. Unfortunately this means gold selling ads keep popping in. For a while we tried tracking them down and blocking them from our site but they just keep finding new ways around it to sneak on there, so we finally gave up. The frustrating thing is that people clearly click on them (and then buy from them), or they wouldn’t keep doing it.
The WHU has been approached individually by numerous gold sellers asking for a permanent banner ad and offering us good money for the space, and we always, always tell them no. Any ads that appear come in through google — we’ve never talked with the advertisers. We do not recommend buying gold from anyone, and that’s why there’s the warning not to trust them under the ad.
I think your guide is wrong and I heard somewhere that something else was better.
Here at the WHU we are big fans of science, and part of that means that we’re always happy to continually challenge our conclusions. Please feel free to post the theorycrafting or testing methodology and results and we’ll take a look. After all, we want to do the best dps too!
However, if your answer is “I read it on some forums or some other unspecified place on the internet” please don’t bother. Unless you have a scientific argument for why the guide is wrong, we can’t help. After all, if we just do the math over again, we’re going to come to the same conclusions we did in the first place.
Also if your answer is “I was doing heroics/raids/etc one way and it was awesome and much better” then please don’t bother. Giving us anecdotal stories of your dps in a raid isn’t something that is reproducible – which is one of the cornerstones of the scientific method.
I think you’re wrong part 2 – you suck edition
There are a lot of different ways to state your case and argue with someone or with a guide. However there are several kinds arguments that carry no weight and are meaningless in terms of debate. Unfortunately these are all too common on the internet. We are not going to bother responding to any of the following substance-less arguments — seriously, there just isn’t time in the day:
- Personal Attacks: Anything along the lines of “Ur rong” “U suck” or “the author is a pretentious geek who doesn’t know what he’s talking about” are completely meaningless and without substance. You haven’t said anything about why your point is right or the other person’s is wrong. You haven’t even talked about the point – you’re just talking about the author. You haven’t refuted anything, you’ve just polluted the internet.
- Ad Hominem Argument: This is something like saying “Frostheim is a dwarf therefore we can’t trust anything he says about racial bonuses.” Once again this comment fails to have any substance. Your comment may be true, but you still haven’t given any evidence at all as to why a statement is wrong. We might be suspicious if we suspect a bias, but we haven’t demonstrated any error. Like a personal attack, you’re still talking about the person rather than the statement or the information.
- Flat Contradiction: If you say “This guide is wrong, the glyph of beaver shot is actually much better” you once again have failed to communicate any substance. You contradicted something – you told us your view – but you once again didn’t say why something was wrong. A contradiction is fine, as long as it’s then supported with some kind of evidence, or reasoning, or argument.
- Parting Shot: This is an annoying tactic where a commenter adds to the weak non-arguments above with the “and I’m done and I’m not coming back” as a way to try to get in the last word. This particularly annoys me — if you want to stop reading or discussing, that’s fine, but throwing in a parting shot and saying you aren’t coming back to try to avoid any counter-discussion is just childish.
If you don’t understand something in a post or a comment, feel free to ask for clarification. If you disagree with something, feel free to contradict it as long as you also give some evidence, or at least a reasoned opinion.
I know on the surface this can seem a little unfair — after all, we don’t post all of the math or testing for every recommendation, but we’re asking you to do that if you disagree. I can only assure you that we’re not just making stuff up, we do research every recommendation — and in the end some of the top raiding hunters and theorycrafters in the world tend to agree with the WHU the vast majority of the time. The math and data isn’t posted because then every post would be 10 times as long and 100 times as boring, filled with stuff no one wants to see. But tell you what, if we ever want to disagree with you on your blog, we’ll be more than happy to provide our evidence in our comments at your home :)
What’s with the Reviewed and Accurate? It’s out of date / wrong / not accurate!
Here at the WHU we don’t just write a guide and then leave it sit for all eternity. We regularly review all of the guides and make sure they are still accurate. We hate looking up something online and finding out that it hasn’t been updated since Burning Crusades, and vowed that wouldn’t happen here.
The reviewed and accurate logo has a reviewed date underneath of it, so you know if the guide is or is not up to date. In general, we review all of the guides about every 3 months, or whenever a patch is released with changes to the hunter class. If it’s been over 3 months since a guide was reviewed, feel free to drop us an email and let us know we missed one!
We’re pretty forgiving here at the WHU as long as you mind your manners. Disagreeing is fine, differing ideas are fine. However, please don’t make it personal — stick to discussing facts and viewpoints and not someone’s mother.
Technically comments are deleted for the following reasons: spam (most common), inappropriate language, or for personal attacks. Of these we even usually leave the personal attacks in (against us — we have thick skins — but not against others), and we usually leave the trolls alone as well. That said, we’re willing at any time to delete comments for language or personal attacks, or for repeated violations of any of the guidelines above.
Can I join your guild?
Sorry, no. But you can join the WHU guild.
If I see you in game, can I ask you a question?
Certainly. Just check first with a /who Frostheim to see if I’m in a raid or not! Every now and then I get tells from readers while in the midst of boss fights, and I feel bad that I cannot respond. Also be aware that I do spend a lot of time afk while doing other stuff so if I don’t answer right at first, feel free to ping me again in a few minutes.