So I was in Icecrown the other day and I had just grabbed a bunch of dailies from the Tournament. I was flying west and I spotted a Saronite ore on my minimap. It was right on the edge of the continent. I swooped down on my gryphon but when I got close there was a guy already on top of the node on his flying mount. Of course, I aborted my descent and continued on my way.
15 minutes or so later, after I had killed Chillmaw and the Commanders under the Citadel with a group, I returned to the Tournament along the same route. When I got close to where I spotted that node the first time, there it was again on the minimap. I swooped down again... to find the very same guy on his mount, on top of the very same node.
What I did next is obvious. I landed on the node, mined it and flew away. The whole episode baffled me. For one thing, there's this guy who's AFK on that node for some strange reason. Was he AFK-guarding it for someone else? If he was a miner, he would have mined it himself. I don't see another explanation. For another, every other miner who passed that way during those 15 minutes probably acted in the same manner that I did. They respected that guy's claim.
I'm really wondering what went through that guy's head. It's likely that he just happened to AFK on a node, without realizing it. On the other hand, if he was actually guarding the node, well then, tough luck.
So what do you think about this? What's the weirdest thing that happened to you regarding a node? What would you have done in this case?