There are a couple threads live now regarding taunting, and it reminds me of something I wish could be easily integrated into the existing game mechanics.
Generally speaking, I don't taunt and I find it pretty juvenile. The one exception I make is sometimes on Cavalry engagements; I made level 50 cavalry early on in the game release, and I think I'm pretty good at it. So it's sooooo annoying how Cav vs Cav is such a crap shoot; when you go head to head it's often a circling dogfight just like an air fight, and when two cavalry swords swing you can pretty much just roll the dice as to whether the level 50 or the level 0 rider will die.
So after I've engaged another experienced rider, pulled out all my tricks and come up the winner, I will occasionally drop the loser a medpack.
But the thing is: I DON'T ALWAYS MEAN IT AS A TAUNT. Sometimes, after an intense duel, it's kind of a show of respect. I won this one, but here's a salute.
And if I remember correctly, chivalry was still kind of a "thing" in WWI. I *think* it was the old movie Blue Max, where they were burying a KIA pilot, and the enemy pilot flew over the funeral, and instead of firing he dropped a bouquet in respect?
I know I'm just daydreaming, but wouldn't it be cool if when you dropped an ammo or health on an enemy you've killed, their game would render a bouquet, or a sword, or some other sign of respect? Who knows? Might even cut down on some of the taunting.
Yes, yes. I know. Will never happen. But a kid can dream.