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5-24-2010 @ 2:20PM
We use chat channels to vent frustration, instead of using guild chat. So, while it's not being said here that chat channels are outright bad, we find them as an appropriate place to vent frustration.Who has 25 perfect raiders? We don't, and our base of selection is limited on our server. That said, sometimes people make us angry and instead of venting AT that person (which hardly ever works), we vent in a chat channel (and the RL/GM happens to be in it b/c she vents like us). It keeps us healthy and unstressed.Are we clique-ish? No. We're all in the same guild chat and we socialize in guild chat and in raid chat during raids. We are still one team. Balance is key; don't have topics in which everyone can contribute in the private chat channel unless it really is for a limited audience. We've struck a balance and it's different for everyone.Happy hunting.
5-24-2010 @ 2:34PM
I think that the explicit purpose of the channel is the problem, not the existence of it. A separate channel can be great for friends within a guild to share things they may not share with guild chat, but that they don't want to individually whisper. I consider it akin to sitting next to each other on a team bus/bench. You aren't excluding others, just enjoying each other. The problem comes when you get a seat on the back of the bus with your friends just to talk shit about the captain. There is always the risk of cliques, but I think they will exist with or without a channel. The channel just facilitates the speed with which a clique can isolate themselves.In my brief time guild/raid leading, I found that treating cliques as military style units helped take some of the attention off shit talking, and actually improved the efficiency of runs. The guild was very clique-y when I was handed the reins, and I managed to convince 4 of the 'ringleaders' to 'raid assist'. Essentially, they were responsible for their clique, they would grouped together when possible. The ring leaders were responsible for making sure their people had food/flasks/buffs, knew the fights, etc. It cut down on unnecessary chatter(18 people asking for kings, 5 people pointing out everyone without a flask, etc). It is not ideal, but it staved off collapse for a while after the GL left.
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