Please le me preface this topic by mentioning that I bear no ill will to anyone involved. I just thought this might be an interesting topic for discussion.
So I was running casual Prey on the hunter for rune crunching and the chest contained an Exceptional Strength rune for someone else (let's call him rune-man). Rune-man puts his rune up for roll. I inform everyone that I only need the rune for crunching into a sovereign rune, then roll. There are only two interests: Me and armor-man. Armor-man loses the roll, prompting rune-man to say he's going to give his rune to armor-man instead of me, because armor-man actually wants to use it on his armor and if that's OK with me. I'm not all that happy about changing the rules after the roll, but I understand finding the right rune can be a pain, so I tell him it's his loot and he can decide however he pleases, I'm not demanding the rune on principle. He passes the rune to armor-man, who happily declares he will use it on his third DT armor. All the while I'm still trying to get my first one done.
Ah well. Whatever, not my loot, prey on the hunter is easy enough to run again; all I've lost is the potential to save some time.
On another party I pull a healing amplification rune. A party member (we'll call him Ampy) asks if the rune is up for roll. Well, no, not really, but I guess that's a nice rune.... OK, I say, does anyone else want the rune? Another guy (let's call him Crunchy) chimes in and says he'd be interested.
Doubtlessly you have already pieced together what happened. Crunchy won and I was about to pass him the rune when he mentioned he would now have three runes he could crunch into a sovereign. I backpedal, tell him that's not really why I put it up for roll and pass it to Ampy. Ampy loots happily and goes on his merry, curative way, while crunchy informs me that I am a bad person (admittedly he used other words).
So... what about that? How do you think runes should be handled?