Due to the fact that my guild seems to have developed a chronic case of drama lately, I give you:
Kirsy's guide to being a good guildie!
You just got invited to my guild! Welcome! Now…before we go any further, I need you to realize several things.
1. My guild is a very large guild, but that doesn’t mean that from minute one, you have a ton of new friends. We don’t know you. You don’t know us. Please talk…at least some. And by talk, I don’t mean, “Anybody want to run a heroic?” Just a friendly hi once in awhile is a start. Participating in ongoing conversations is a best bet. You’ll end up fitting right in if you put some effort into it.
2. As far as conversations, until you know us (and maybe not even then), please DON’T do the following: Bring up the most controversial topics you can think of (politics, religion, drugs, etc.), brag constantly on your RS25 geared super-shammy who isn’t in guild and never will be because he’s obviously too good for us, give repeated, unsolicited advice in the form of “You shouldn’t do that, fail noob,” rip on existing guildies (especially if said guildie is an officer with kick privileges) or make adulty comments about the guild leader because she’s a girl (people never want to do this in MY guild – we’re loaded up with trade trolls. We’ll troll before we gkick). Also, don’t hit on every guy/girl in guild. Seriously.
3. Please don’t pop your Recount into guild chat. No one cares but you. Especially if you’re level 27. This does NOT count as conversation. If I’m looking to see dps for a raider, I run my own meter on them.
4. Same with macros along the lines of a Rickroll. Granted, not all macros are awful, but I don’t need to see every drawing you’ve ever made.
5. Never assume! Yes, we’re running three ICC 10 teams right now. You’re 80. That alone doesn’t guarantee you a raid spot. If you want to raid, you need to follow the same rules as everyone else. Go read the raid rules, send me your schedule, do a weekly or other raid with an officer so we can see how you do. Get geared. Talk to one of the raid leaders.
6. Show up for what you’re signed up for. If you miss a raid, no big deal. If you miss five, we’re not interested in inviting you to number six unless there’s a good reason for your misses.
7. The guild leader is really good at reading people. When we get to the hard part of ICC progression, I might buy someone suddenly D/Cing because of a storm the first time. If it’s done in repeated raids, I’m gonna go hit the weather channel to see whether it’s really raining in Tampa. Or I’ll ask my friend who’s online who also lives there. Then I’m gonna pull the D/Cing raider off the progression team. Why? The official reason will be because we need someone with a steady connection. The real reason is that I know the raider is lying because they don’t want to face grind on a fight.
8. This is an important one – if you have an issue with anything going on in guild, talk to an officer. If you get no results, talk to the guild leader. Don’t just gquit. And don’t ragequit with added drama. That’s childish (I say this despite the fact that all our ragequitters to date have been over 18) and will get you no respect. If you’re truly interested in finding a good guild to hang out with, you have to put in some work, too. My guildies and officers aren’t mind readers. No one knows you have an issue if you don’t say something. You need to voice your concerns to someone before they get out of hand and you leave. The officers don’t bite, I swear. It might take a few days before things get done, but we’ll at least try. That’s more than a lot of guilds I’ve been in.
9. The guild leader recruited you, but she doesn’t want to go out with you. Saying hi doesn’t constitute flirting so get that notion right out of your head. Right now.
10. If the guild leader is currently healing on Dreamwalker, now is NOT a good time to whisper her on your level 1 warrior alt for a ginvite. Whisper anyone in guild. They can all invite you.
11. If no one is talking in guild, it’s not personal. Sometimes people are fighting, afk, eating, in an RP or just don’t want to run a heroic or can’t do that gem cut you’re asking about. That doesn’t mean omg they hate you. If you don’t get an answer once in awhile, keep in mind that it happens and try again later.
12. When you first join guild, don’t expect full access to the guild bank, an immediate promotion to officer, repeated instance runs for your lowbie alt or other special privileges. If you see something you need in the guild bank, feel free to ask. But don’t expect it to fund your level 19 by ganking the bank’s abyss crystals. By the same token, please don’t try to buy the guild leader’s favor by trying to do everything for everyone to prove to me what a good officer you’d make. Obvious brown nosing is obvious.
13. Don’t do something dumb and think I won’t hear about it. If you’re doing something like standing around in Dalaran, popping trade windows at level 80s and begging, someone will tell me. Trust me.
14. Sometimes it’s not us – it’s you. If you’ve been gkicked from a bunch of guilds, you might want to look at why before moving on to your next guild. For example, if you know you’re sarcastic or come across as caustic, tell me up front. If you’re joking, we’ll try to take it as such. If I don’t know, there’s a good chance we’ll be the next guild to administer the boot.
And there you go. Your mileage may vary depending on guild, but this is a good list to start from.