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6-04-2011 @ 9:31AM
I would hope that most raid groups get along! If they didn't, I doubt that they would remain together for any length of time. Getting along and not having issues with people are not mutually exclusive. I'd argue that it's merely human nature. In such a large group of people, there will be conflicting personalities, there will be those handful of people that just don't see eye to eye and possibly don't even "like" each other. When it comes to opinions of strategy, wipes, and roles, people are going to disagree. People are going to have different styles of humor, and people are going to be offended by different thing. It's absolutely the raid leaders job to make sure that none of these things blow out of proportion, that small little disagreements don't explode into all out drama. Unaddressed, they easily can. A raid that lacks drama almost always does so because it has fantastic leadership, not simply because everyone in the raid are best of friends. Even friends have tiffs. As a personal example of what I mean; when I first joined the guild that I'm currently in, I wasn't entirely talkative and I wasn't around all too much outside of raids. I take a while to warm up to people, and I have alts on more severs than I count; nothing was wrong, it's just the way I am. Our raid leader, though, thought that I might be uncomfortable, he was worried that perhaps the way people joke and talk made me uncomfortable, so he asked me privately if everything as okay. He wanted to ensure that I wasn't being offended by anyone. I wasn't, but if that had been the case then he would have just easily avoided any drama from starting well before it became an issue. That's what makes truly wonderful raid leaders, and that's how guilds avoid massive amounts of drama. You don't wait for things to reach a boiling point, you notice the spark that's lighting the fires and douse them before they can even start to bubble.
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