If you have ever played WoW, you know that there are beggars. They send you whispers, yell near the bank, and generally just cause annoyance.
Begging comes in many forms, but the most common ones are money and boosting. "Can I haz a gold plx? :)" and "Can u run me threw SFK pls thx?" are probably familiar to anyone who has played this game for any amount of time.
There are usually two specific kinds of beggars.
1) The True Noob: This is the player who is actually new to the game. They have joined a game that has gone on for several years and perhaps they dont have any friends to help or give them advice. These players just don't know how to get what they need and may resort to begging. The saying "Give a man a fish and he will eat for a day. Teach a man to fish and he will never be hungry again" comes to mind here. You can give them gold if you want, but I think it is better to teach them a way to make money. I could be telling them to pick up mining or herbalism. Both of those can make you a nice chunk of change while they are still making money and XP from quests.
Perhaps you tell them about Auctioneer. Some new players are not even aware of the auction house. Giving them a little bit of knowledge can go a long way towards not letting them slip into the second group of people which is......
2) Professional Con Artists: This is what they do for money. They beg on a low level alt and may even have a nice story as to why they need the gold. You are not helping anybody but them by giving them money. Helping the Noob will make the community a better place. Helping the Con Artist will make him think that begging is a good idea. He or she will continue to beg until it doesnt work anymore. They are usually the ones seen hanging out around the bank or auction house in each major city yelling for gold or a boost. Do yourself a favor and ignore them. If you offer to teach them, they may respond rudely.
I was sitting in the AH yesterday posting Glyphs and someone was begging for the strangest thing. They were asking for someone to buy them a Mechanopeep. A Mechanopeep is a pet from the Argent Tournament that sells for 800 gold or so these days. Beggars have balls, you have to give them that.
How do you deal with beggars? Do you tell them to eat a bowl of dicks or do you help them out?