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3-29-2010 @ 2:29PM
"Over the past three months I've taken a very proactive attitude in the guild. I wrote the guild constitution, restructured the guild hierarchy, built the guild site, organized events and assisted raid leads on a regular basis. .... What's the best course of action here?"Start your own guild.What I noticed specifically was that you never mentioned if these were things you were asked to do, or if the guild wanted done, or if you took it upon yourself to correct problems you perceived to exist. As a GM in a long running guild I've seen a few 'proactive' 'helpful' individuals harbor their own ideas of what they want our guild to change into and try to force their view by simply doing it. What they don't realize is that their help is neither wanted, nor approved of. Not only does leadership get annoyed, the regular members of the guild start seeing them as a suck-up or bossy know-it-all and want less and less to do with them. Most often the officers and myself end up having to have a chat with the 'problem person' and then go do damage control on whatever they did. Thankfully, we've had precious few people like this.I'd say that if you and your buddies have been playing together for 5 years, then you should be quite used to how they play and what they're like. If you're not happy with how they are, maybe its time to take your grand ideas elsewhere and start your own guild.
3-29-2010 @ 4:00PM
This is what I smelled cooking here too. The 'helpful' person with 'some good ideas' in this case sounds more like someone making a passive aggressive power grab. In 4 + years of leading WoW raiding guilds, I have seen it many times.I still have yet to figure out what it is these people think they are going to -have- once they get this perceived power. It really is much like the comment above that your reward is more pie. That, and a whole lot of responsibility, along with a lot of extra stuff to deal with. No sane person, knowing what the job entails, would actively seek it out.
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