Originally Posted by YurdleTheTurtle
Yo Professor Doctor Lyte!
Sorry if this has been answered before (Do not have time to go through all the Riot posts from this as well as other threads), but how do you feel about the rate at which Honor is being given out, both with friends and strangers?
I noticed that strangers rarely give out honor. I also noticed that when they do, it is in a pattern similar to reporting people. That is, people are more likely to honor when they win the game and tend to give it to teammates. Reporting is similar in that people are more likely to report when they lose and again it tends to be against their teammates.
I haven't changed my behaviour much after honor was implemented because I've always been "nice" (no insulting, generally positive, helpful when I need to be, etc.), so I'm somewhat certain it's not my behaviour that causes the lack of honor. I suppose I could go the extra cheesy route and say "gj" at everything, but that seems unnecessary.
As far as the behavior of people giving honor and reporting goes, I would agree with your observations, but I don't find that surprising or to be an issue. People in a good mood (having just won a game) are more likely to give positive feedback to others in the form of honor. People in a bad mood who just lost are more likely to give negative feedback in the form of reports.
As for your comment about "extra cheesy route" that gives positive feedback whenever anything good happens, I have to disagree with you. Even mediocre and downright bad players (everyone in my elo is technically bad if 1250 is average) can make good plays from time to time. It may have been blind luck, but it feels good to have your success recognized. One of the reasons we play with other people is so that we can experience the happiness that comes from someone else recognizing our good work.
Saying "gj" when nothing happens is bad. But saying "gj" when the guy escapes a gank he would never have been in danger of had he warded is still a good thing. Saying "gj" when a guy gets his first or second kill in lane is good. Saying "thanks" when a support comes mid to ward a gank path so you can stay in lane longer is something that will help your team enjoy their game more. At the end of the day, if it's a loss, you're unlikely to get any honor. But being extra nice helps your team more than being regular nice and it will increase the amount of honor you get if your team wins.