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10-25-2010 @ 5:00PM
I've had to demote a real life friend of our GM, and remove a friend of one of our officers. For the guy I had to boot, he felt like personally knowing someone in a position of power gave him all the right in the world to do and say whatever he wanted. Before kicking him, I talked it over with the officer he knew, and explained why what I was doing was necessary (although it was blatantly obvious), and offered my support to them. I talked through with them what they could say in real life to this person so as to minimize the real life drama, and I reminded them to say as much as necessary that I was the "bad guy". I'm a more senior officer, so it would be very easy for this guy to explain to the offending friend that he was just one of a large team of officers and he got out-voted, and the "higher ups" did it and he couldn't change that. It worked out all right on his end, and the guild as a whole appreciated the prompt removal of a problem person.This doesn't work so well if the offender is a relative of the GM, but I've told off our GM's brother (our former GM, to boot) for going over the line, and I'm still an officer. Overall, if you are standing up for what is right or for the goals and good of the majority of the guild, either you will succeed in working out the issue or the guild will naturally collapse because the leadership is not doing its job. Either way, you have done the best that you can, and others will always look up to you for that.
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