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3-10-2008 @ 11:58AM
I'm the guild master of a small, very casual, medium-roleplaying guild. As a guild, our only experience in raids is in Karazhan. We'll be entering Zul'Aman for the first time as a guild Tuesday. Many of my guys haven't done much other raiding, with a few notable exceptions. Therefore, the likelihood of anyone poaching one of my guys is low because - like most other "scrub" guilds - we've managed to do Karazhan together and little else. And, to be honest, the guild is fine with that.On the other end of the spectrum is me and perhaps one or two other guildies. I'm not quite certain what experience those two have, but I'm 4/6 SSC and 3/4 TK. I'm appropriately geared and a somewhat decent healer. How those two combine to make me a popular commodity I don't know, but I've had guilds try to recruit me from my current guild in order to raid with them. While it's a bit of an ego-boost to know that people want me around, it's just poor form to do so and it irks me that some are persistant even after being told that I am guild master and have absolutely no interest in leaving my current guild.Actively poaching from other guilds is loathesome. Yes, it's a popular practice and arguably necessary (feeder guilds exist for that reason, y'know), but - as many people noted - there is a difference between having that individual request for more information and deliberately going to a specific guild to snag raiders.The thing to do is to cultivate an evironment that entices guild members to stay with their current guild tag. We had issues when we invited 70s into the guild that were friends of current guild members and having them up and leave shortly thereafter for other experiences. You can prevent that sort of thing from happening by ensuring that the right people join the guild. People looking for fast-paced, competative end-game content aren't going to be happy in a casual guild; if you recruit people like that, you'll end up losing them - which is a hassle when you turn around a week later and find that their spots are vacant in the raid. We've actually had a lot of success with invitations for people in the lower levels (10-40). The people that level to 70 within the guild tend to stick with the guild longer than people who join post-60. They're more dedicated, forge more friendships, more interested in helping fellow guildies, want more involvement, and are less likely to leave when presented with the opportunity.
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