I get the general impression that most people who post here have a dislike for gankers and dishonorable pvpers. It's really not surprising, nobody enjoys being stunlocked or hornet ring 1HKO'd mid bow, myself included. But I just thought I'd share my perspective on this, as I more or less started as one of these dishonorable types but have since discovered that dueling is much more satisfying to methan being as cheap as possible in pvp.
I started playing dark souls several months after release, and never played demon souls. So when it came to my first pvp experiences, I inevitably got owned. Being a competitive person, I very quickly wanted to figure out how to take my vengeance. After playing a lot of my first playthrough using a claymore, it didn't take too long to figure out that greatswords are good at stunlocking, and I gained my first pvp victory this way. After beating the game for the first time, I decided to make my first pvp build using greatswords. It ended up being a str/fai build using DMB and the man- serpent greatsword.
I will add at this point that I had been minimizing my use of the wiki as much as possible, so I didn't know about every piece of gear in the game. I was also not aware of the unofficial honor type rules that a lot of people stick too, and had not web on any dark souls forums yet. So when I discovered how strong the giants armour and mothers mask on my first playthrough, I knew they would be strong for pvp and naturally built my greatsword user around these.
So by just wanting to build a strong character so I would no longer get owned constantly on pvp, I ended up with a super cookie-cutter buffed greatsword using mom giant flipper with rofap, without having any idea that this type of thing
would probably lose me a good chunk of respect.
This brings me to my next point, back then I didn't care about respect. I found it hilarious to stunlock bowers, and repay the suffering that I ha incurred when learning the ropes. I also enjoyed receiving outrageous hatemail afterwards. To me it seemed justified given the brutality of the rest of the game. I can't say I ever really got into ganging in the forest to farm invaders, but I would have had no problems doing it. Because even though I hit like a truck and had great armour, I still lost a lot because I was new to pvp and a long way behid the skill levels of a lot of other players.
Comparing this to now, I am bored of winning for the sake of winning just because I can leverage gear and abilities others often refuse to. And I am bored of invading questers who are not set up for pvp encounters and generally pushovers. I don't wear giants armour or the family masks these days. I don't gang up or attack bowers. And I don't heal in pvp unless the enemy does it first. Now i just want to win purely because i played better than my oppenent. To me the most fun to be had in dark souls now is dueling, and funnily enough killing these gankers and dishonorable players, but without abusing their cheap tactics.
I actually think a lot of these gankers, etc. that people have it in for are probably just new to the game and sick of being slaughtered by people who know all the ins and outs of pvp. They are gaining whatever advantage they can to try to even up the playing field, just as I was. Many are probably unaware of the unofficial honor code of dark souls. And in time a lot of them will probably get over it and move on. Personally I hope there are always gankers around, because i now find it so enjoyable to test my skills against them and hopefully rain on their parade. And I think deep down a lot of you guys enjoy them being there too, because killing three Dishonourable, mom giant flipping, buffed greatsword spamming dudes in the forest sure is satisfying!