Hi Makko, long time, frequent MFC member here. If you aren't aware, the lowest amount you can tip with a note is 5 tokens. So, many times I will enter a room and tip 5 tokens with a greeting to the model. I also have the chat room commands option enabled, so I don't have to use the tip interface, and will do something like: /tip -s 5 :wave Hello ModelnameAlso, often no tipmenu, whiteboard not even a roomtopic. Should I just tip and see how she reacts? Give me some info what you're willing to do. Some guys are just shy and prefer to use whiteboard/tip menu instead of asking.
Make lots of smaller tip options, so those with less tokens can participate too. Can be a simple "you're cute", a single spank, a 'blow kiss', etc.
If you're limited to smaller token amounts, can tip 1 and then follow it up with a greeting on a separate line. I've found that most models are happy to receive even low tips, and are more likely to greet someone as they come into their room. Some will even say if you're a new tipper and hope you stick around and enjoy. Though, there is the rare model who has it setup they won't accept under a certain amount, which I think does more of a disservice than benefit (they might be a findom though).
Tip menus can be good. But, I really don't do much with them myself as I rarely tip for specific things like flashes, etc. as I'm more one who tips various amounts with different tip notes. Especially if I have come to know a model. But, I've never seen a model who does not appreciate a 5 token tip with a note saying she has a great smile, etc so long as one isn't rude or demanding of something. This holds true for models I've interacted with from the very top models all the way down to those with under 100 cam score.
While some models may show more attention to what appears to be the biggest tipper, or a very select group of tippers. Typically this is because said member is more than likely a regular member in her room who tips on a somewhat frequent basis, so there's a bit of a member/model history. It doesn't necessarily have to be huge tips, or amounts. But, it is very common for a model to give a little more attention to those who actively show appreciation by tipping. At the same time, if no one in the room is interacting with a model, then someone comes in and has an ongoing conversation with her who's fault is it if it seems like said member is getting all of the attention? One of the things many models here talk about is boredom and how creepy it can be to have multiple people in the room just watching and not interacting. Some have said that they've attempted to ask questions, do something, etc to get some responses or even a 1 token tip and no one does anything. The members just sit there.
Sometimes it's impossible for a model to keep track of people entering/leaving her room if it's busy or she's in the middle of a show. I think this should be something a member can understand. But, I do agree it's nice to be greeted when you enter a room. Again, best way I've found this to happen is with a small tip with note as I mentioned above. Same with when I leave, I will typically do a five token tip with note bidding the model and the room a farewell. I'll usually wait a few seconds for replies, then leave. Common courtesy is all.
More often than not, I've seen issues with members coming from the lounge. I've been in the various lounges, and the reputations it has are quite fitting. Many members are hateful towards models, mocking members who tip ("What a dumbass, he's just dropped a lot of tokens on her. I'd never do that!"). Yet, some even know if said tipper is a regular and on average how many a person tips. But, I do get where you may be coming from in that it might draw one or two tipping members in for the show. So, most models just ignore the lounge.
While you do have some valid tips and perspectives, it's also good to have an understanding on why a model may do what they do. Especially since MFC is such a large place, and each member may have a different perspective and experience. Like you, this isn't meant to be a know it all contradiction. It's based off of my experiences with many different models over many years.