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1-24-2011 @ 4:00PM
My guild went through a pretty bad split back in November. There were a number of reasons for the split which I won't get into but the main thing was that I was going to kick 3 members who were not fitting in. One officer did not like this and he left to form a new guild. He told a series of lies about the direction of our guild in Cataclysm and then talked up his own guild with promises that have yet to occur.In the end around 25-30 people left to join this new guild. This was followed by more "poaching", forum trolling, trade chat trolling, and harassment to this day of me and members in my guild (random insulting messages etc).That guild, having yet to achieve what it was said it was going to do, is now a leveling guild and it is known for having no rules, immaturity, trolling even it's own members, nothing being organized and in general being a bad guild. The more mature members that left us have moved on from this other guild.Having gone through it there are a few additional things I would recommend.First don't just talk to your members, have a meeting and discuss the direction of the guild. Ask for feedback on what your members think you can change, ask people if they can help with recruitment or if they have good friends that are looking for a guild (this worked for us in the ICC boredom months). Explain the split but do not make the meeting about the split, make the meeting about the guild as it stands. I would recommend that you let them know that other people are being approached about this new guild, but everyone has probably already been approached.Secondly, if you are getting harassed and it sounds like you are report it to Blizzard. Report any forum slander and trade slander and put people on ignore. Do not respond to it through trade or the forums. This will make them want to harass you even harder.These split off guilds really do not usually last especially when they were formed in this way. When they were formed more maturely they can last, but when they are formed through such bitterness they tend not to go on very long. Also recruiting from your pool of players instead of from the server or WoW community as a whole doesn't seem like something that will last.If you can get through this you will come out with a better and stronger guild in the end.Good luck.
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