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3-18-2009 @ 7:39PM
My #1 advice to new players joining a guild: Be self-reliant.You do not want to be one of those new people who are always asking for gold, runs, help, favors, and advice. Many gameplay related questions can be easily researched at sites like Wowhead, WowWiki, and the Elitist Jerks forums.I guarantee you will stick out like a sore thumb and rub everyone the wrong way if you come across as needy. I see many new players do this. Remember that there's a difference between inviting someone on a run ("Does anybody need/want to do the Stockades on an alt? :)") and asking someone FOR a run. ("cna some1 plz run me thru stockades.")On that note, making your sentences not painful to read is great for first (and lasting!) impressions.
3-18-2009 @ 7:56PM
I second that. When im leveling an Alt or a character on another server (Mains an Ally so i have a few horde spread around to play around on) i don't activly look for guilds. although i have joined a few "leveling" guilds if for nothing but to put some green text on my screen to read while im questing.too often with these type of guilds. the first thing players do is ask / expect boosts. stop. please. ppl boost friends. so become a friend of ppl first before asking/expecting favours. if your helpful to others in guild either through chat or grouping. then people will respond like wise.jusyt please dont...randomplayer1 has joined the guild.Randomplayer1: hey guysEveryone : hey welcomeRandomplayer1: can anyone boost me SM?????its not just not a good first impression at all.
3-19-2009 @ 7:15AM
last week a guy joined my guild and within 30 seconds of the join message i swear he asked for a loan, free materials and a heroic runwho are these people in RL?
3-19-2009 @ 10:25AM
We have a policy in our guild, that when a member joins and immediately asks for free money/boosts/mats, that a "red flag" is raised with the officers to keep an eye on them. If the asking persists or the person tends to be a general nuisance, they are kicked.We don't mind helping our members, but people who just want to take without giving back just get removed.That said, it keeps the guild morale very high and creates a nice environment, keeping these people out.
3-19-2009 @ 2:16PM
Agreed. In every guild my characters have joined, there's always a handful of people who expect other people to carry them through the game. Rather than look for a group to tackle Scarlet Monastery (I've never had to wait too long to find a group for SM, especially if I'm tanking or healing), they ask their high-level guildmates to run them through. Repeatedly. Every day, sometimes multiple times a day, until the 80's formally cut them off or just start ignoring them. Don't be that guy.If you're working on your first character, you'll enjoy the game more if you find a group and put some effort into your instance runs. By blowing past all the level 1-60 content, you're just short-changing yourself. Also, bear in mind that even a high-population realm has about the same population as a small real-life city (my realm is about the size of Missoula, Montana or Decatur, Alabama), so you can expect news to spread just as quickly. There's always a chance that if you irritate the members of Guild A, that news is going to find its way to Guilds B, C, and D.
3-20-2009 @ 11:17PM
I completely agree. Too many people view guilds as a "service" to be used. I am in a small, friendly casual guild and welcome people of all levels but I too encourage self-sufficiency. I give some some basic information, places to find information on the internet, point out other people in the guild who may be able to give advice on class or professions and tell them the best way to learn and level is to do quests and play with people their own level. I even say that for first toons, it's not a good idea to be run through by higher levels because that often leads to laziness, not knowing how to play and besides, WHAT IS THE POINT of playing a game for someone to practically play it FOR you? I also encourage people to take up professions as it also helps with self-sufficiency (whether to make gold or to be able to create your own gear. Also, having a useful skill will help you help other people, who could, in turn, help with other things that you can't get using your own professions).I also am wary of people looking for "Helpful" guilds. That just raises all kinds of red flags. Those are the very people often looking for a guild to DO things for them, rather then looking for a group of people to join for fun and common goals. In fact, I've whispered a few people asking them just what "helpful" means to them and yep - they want to be run through instances by high level people.Also please remember that when you wear a guild tag, like it or not, you do represent them. So spamming trade with 20 kubes of "FAILFAILFAIL", ninja-looting in a PuG, begging in Stormwind for gold for your mount "because I really really want it" or YELLING demanding a port can make your guild look bad. Please don't do that. And it's possible that your server is not as big as you think. Someone may see you doing those things and contact an officer or the GL of your guild.
3-20-2009 @ 11:21PM
OOPS . .. I meant "20 lines." not "20 kubes" Sorry for the typo above. :P
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