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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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