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2-08-2010 @ 1:45PM
Nice article.In the guild I run, at the top of the application, we have stated "you must not share your account or computer" as one of the requirements for all new applicants - for just this reason.Its important to remember that skill varies wildly from person to person - so even if the people are drama free, having the lesser skilled one show up to progression is awful for everyone.Bottom line is that people should understand this before joining any sort of endgame guild. Officers have enough to worry about simply running a raid without adding one thoughtless individual's (or individuals') actions.
2-08-2010 @ 2:10PM
I can definitely see not allowing account sharing - no one in my guild does it. But you mean to tell me you actually dictate that people cannot share their *computer* with other people in their household? While I don't share my computer with anyone, the idea that I couldn't let my daughter or significant other use my computer if I wanted to be in that guild rubs me the wrong way. It seems like a more sensible approach would be to require an authenticator. That way, the non-account holder who might use the machine can't access the account easily anyway. After all, I paid to build the computer. Not all families have enough money (or a desire) to have separate computers for all family members.
2-08-2010 @ 3:50PM
It only took a few cases of "Omg I have to leave the raid, Mom needs the computer" for us to come up with this policy. It's not meant so your roommate cant hop on to print out a paper - that would be rediculous - its so no one but the player is responsible for when he can or can't play.
2-08-2010 @ 2:29PM
@ Comedown I LOL'd at "OMG mom needs the computer". I'd love to see a poll of how many have heard that in a raid/instance in this game! Or maybe we can just add it to the Dungeon Finder Bingo cards....
2-08-2010 @ 2:35PM
Point taken actually, lol, I can see that. It never occurred to me that someone might actually have to leave a raid for that. I was thinking more about it from the security perspective of not letting other people on to browse and potentially get a keylogger that could compromise the account without the account owner's knowledge. I wouldn't want people in my raids who would do that either.
2-08-2010 @ 4:53PM
On a related note, a few months back my girlfriend let her (adult) daughter use her computer, and the next day she got her password stolen, which I traced back to a free games site the daughter was on. The more people who use a computer, the more things that can go wrong.
4-08-2010 @ 2:14PM
I understand the thought behind not sharing computer but I would have to respectively disagree with that being some sort of policy for new recruits. Plain and simple, some people don't have the means to have their own computer and if the majority of guilds did that then a large group of people would be missing out on endgame experiences. Some of my top members have to share a computer and I have yet to have a single problem with it.As far as account sharing it's just not as cut and dry as everyone would like to claim it is.If I live under the same roof and pay bills (including WoW subscriptions) out of the same bank account with someone else they have every right to get on my account as I do theirs. Now when I do, which is very rare, I make sure to inform the guild that it is me. We have several couples in our guild that are in the same situation: living together, paying bills together. I feel it is not my place as an officer to kick them or ask them to stay off the other persons account, or to not recruit them because they live together and might share a computer or an account. I simply ask them to inform everyone that it is someone different. Should accounts be shared through friends? I agree that this is wrong, we do not allow it. I do think that before a decision about what to allow and what not to allow is made guild officers should look at all sides of the situation.
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