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The Queue: Slanderous words

Alex Ziebart

Welcome back to The Queue, the daily Q&A column in which the WoW Insider team answers your questions about the World of Warcraft. Alex Ziebart will be your host today.

I honestly have no idea why I'm using this particular header image. I was looking through some past Queues to provide an acceptable answer for today's final question and stumbled across it. I think it's one of the first images I ever used on WoW Insider, and I just add or remove white space to the sides when we change our column width on the site. It was originally used on a European maintenance announcement over three years ago. Every time I find it again, I can't help but recycle it.

It's a good picture.

EidlonImp asked:

All over Azeroth there are raptors, and they're all decked out in pretty feathered armbands and tribal necklaces. Who, exactly, is bored and insane enough to be decorating velociraptors like Christmas trees?

Raptors on Azeroth have low-level sapience. They're decorating themselves, because they have a concept of aesthetic beauty beyond the skin they're born with. They create rudimentary jewelry to enhance their physical features and represent their tribal allegiances. In terms of intelligence in Azeroth, raptors are less like tigers and more like murlocs.

yous95 asked:

Who originally created Wow Insider and why? I understand that this site is run by AOL, and it lists the people who post on this site, but it doesn't tell me who started it all, and the motives behind it.

Scrolling through our staff list, it doesn't look like any of the members of the original WoW Insider staff are actually here anymore. The closest thing to it was Liz Harper, our previous editor-in-chief, but I don't think even she was here in the beginning.

I can't provide insight into the founding days of WoW Insider, but I do know it has always been a part of AOL. Back in the day, Weblogs, Inc. was all about building up a bunch of super-niche microblogs. Why have a blog about cars when you can have a blog for specific brands!? ... Yeah, that didn't last long.

I'm assuming the founding parties simply scrounged up proof that the audience existed for it, made their pitch, and got approval. When it comes to the internet, most things are built based on "this thing I want to exist doesn't exist yet, so I'll do it myself." I figure WoW Insider was the same. Joystiq spawned WoW Insider, which in turn spawned Massively. Now we're a great big, happy family.

Noyou asked:

Where do you guys get your pics for food? You always seem to make yummy food look not so much. Do you guys need some better pics or do you like to use those to spur conversation? I need to know!

I'm offended, sir and/or madam!

Our food pictures always look delicious without exception, and I will not have you slandering our good name this way.

You see, we hire only the best to find our food picture -- that is, Google Image Search and Flickr's Creative Commons.

Okay, that last one is mine. S'more pizza is delicious, y'all.

Have questions about the World of Warcraft? The WoW Insider crew is here with The Queue, our daily Q&A column. Leave your questions in the comments, and we'll do our best to answer 'em!

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