So here’s my thought process:
Me: Oh goodie, a pally. We like those. We’re full up on prot but a prot/holy is a good mix and we may need that when we start doing 25s. Wonder how he’s geared.
Look pally up on wow-heroes.com
He seems to have last logged out in Holy gear.
Hmmm all purples… 200-226 gear. Not too bad.. but we have flags on the play.
[YELLOW FLAG] He has no badge gear. But has a lot of drops out of the new 5-mans. I’m not sure why he wouldn’t have any badge gear. That just seems odd. There are a few obvious upgrades to his gear from badges. It’s possible his prot gear has gotten his badges.
[RED FLAG] He only has 3 enchants. Seriously? It’s nice purple gear and he hasn’t bothered to enchant it? I mean he doesn’t even have the cheap ass enchants.
[RED FLAG] He only has one tradeskill (mining) and that’s at a skill of 1. That’s a significant buff just left on the table and ignored.
[RED FLAG] He only has rare gems in his gear (blue con). At this point I can’t think of any reason someone who can run Prot wouldn’t have epic gems in everything.
[RED FLAG] I cruise over to the Armory and look him up. His toon has never even -heard- of the Hodir. He’s not even neutral with them. So he can’t even use the gimp shoulder enchants.
He can’t be bothered to spend time doing the obvious things to become minimally raid viable so I can’t be bothered to whisper him back to even open the conversation about picking him up for our guild. I feel like I’ll have to dog him to gem/enchant his gear.. or bring consumables to the raid. Meh.. Even without inviting him to the guild he feels like he’s causing me work.
The moral of our story:
The armory and wow-heroes are like your toon’s resume. In the same way that you wouldn’t send out a resume with obvious spelling and grammar errors you need to look at the armory and wow-heroes of your toon. Look at them critically. If you were a raid leader, would you want your toon in their guild? You may have the most winning personality and the best attitude ever.. but initially they see your gear.. your reputations and your achievements.
Cross you Ts and dot your Is BEFORE you jump into /trade or contact a potential raiding guild.