So you roll on a PVP server – usually someone dares you to roll on a PVP server, or maybe you’re the sort who naturally likes a challenge, or you could have friends there. For some reason or another you end up playing in an environment where any level 80 of the opposing faction can pretty much walk up to you and make your life hell as you level… and you don’t even share a language, so you can at best only communicate your sadness, your irritation and your opinion in /emotes.
Why would they do this to your toon?
They don’t get money, or honor points, or esteem (they may get resources or quest mobs, but for the most part, a level 80 doesn’t want what you want outa the world of Azeroth.)
Well maybe they like the power, having all the control, maybe it gives them the giggles, maybe some other level 80 of your faction stomped on their faces earlier or maybe they are just a RL dickhead.
Some players they cop more bad experiences than most, or they find that they never want to be put in situations like the above and they return to the PVE servers – where other people can’t take the power or force an unpleasant situation on them (outside of spamming, barrens chat and gold farming incidents and the like.)
Others of us… get a bit weird. Something will happen along the road to higher levels; maybe we outwit the enemy, maybe we help a lowbie in need, or *cough* maybe we even smacked a squishy only to watch them jump off the Great Lift and float to safety and filled with admiration we thought *wow cool man – great move!* … and we start to like it, this not-so-nice not-so-safe not-so-polite world of the PVP server.
Lol in any case Slig has a great post about just this kinda situation over on For the Horde.