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5-27-2009 @ 1:26PM
To the OP, I guess I need to know what kind of screening process you had in place when these people first joined your guild. I don't believe any screening process can completely weed out drama or the guild hopper, but it can make some of those types think twice about joining a guild where they have to fill out an application and have an interview with an officer. We require people to go to the web site and read our Code of Conduct and then have an interview with an officer. Officers are supposed to find out why someone wants to join us, what goals they might have, can they work with our raiding schedule. The more you casually talk to someone, the more you can see if they will or won't work with the guild. Now that doesn't cover the usually stable guild member who leaves in a fit of pique or the person who is well liked but wants the excitement of the next step up in raiding. But, as was pointed out, you can't take people's leaving personally. It helps to have a couple people in the officer corps to whom you can vent your frustrations. If the person who leaves for greener pastures is well-liked, people will be sad to see him go and will be looking to you for the next direction. You mentioned drama when you're not on. Can you pinpoint the source of the drama? Does it seem to swirl around one person or group of people? Is it loot related? You should be chasing down the dramatics, finding out who said what/did what, interviewing the participants. Yes, it's a lot of work on your part, but, having been through a small spat of drama in my guild, all that work I did to talk to the people involved paid off dividends when I could go to the drama producer and say, "You said this and this and this". I'd see this as an opportunity to bring in the kind of people you want, the kind who will ascribe to your guild's philosophy. You do have one, right? If not, that could be part of the problem. Who are you and what are you trying to do within the WOW universe? Good luck. This is the time when there is turnover in guilds as people expand their horizons from winter's cold to summer's warmth. Things look better in other guilds. You need an effective description of who you are to sell to potential new members and to remind current members, "This is who we are."
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