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6-13-2011 @ 9:53PM
I would certainly agree with Scott's comments, and would offer my own experiences.I used to run a weekend focused guild, as my weekday playtime is severely limited. As such, not only was I unable to schedule, organize or lead raids during the week, but I was unable to even monitor guild activities at all during the week. With that in mind, I promoted a few officers to supervise and put any issues that should arise to rest during the week.For a while this worked, and the officers even set up a few alt runs during the week to keep impatient folk from getting saved or leaving. However, over time, more and more people began getting saved before our weekend runs. Since I wasn't there during the week, I was mostly oblivious - a mistake I regret - to what was actually happening. The alt runs that the officers set up quickly became main runs, and they were usurping our weekend runs.Apparently the officers were angry that they had to handle everything during the week, and the "everything" they had to handle were people wanting to raid weeknights instead of weekends. So they did, completely undermining the official runs myself and my co-guild master set up. We demoted the officers, promoted new ones in their stead (making them fully aware of our intentions), and hoped the issue would be put to rest. Unfortunately, the officers left, along with the majority of our raiding core. The guild, crippled, didn't survive the transition into Cataclysm.Long story short, the weekday alt runs undermined the fact that we were a weekend guild. Weekday alt runs are fine, but it is imperative that you emphasize that the guild's focus is on weekend progression raiding. Learn from my mistakes (both in ignorance of the situation and in poor handling of the situation), and run a successful weekend guild.
6-14-2011 @ 7:14AM
Very similar comment to what I was just about to post.Most people seem to side with Hoots and that's perfectly understandable, but look at it from the officer's point of view.You have a successful weekend only guild.... there are people there who can (and might at times prefer) to raid on weekdays but don't because the official raids are weekends, and they are generally happy with the guild. Suddenly there is an "alt" raid on Monday. Now it's time for the official run, and, oddly, PewPew3 doesn't show up on Sat night but ends up in the alt run (who could turn down a main.) Slowly, the alt run becomes more and more a home for mains who didn't feel like raiding on the weekend. Then they ask themselves, why not do this run on Tuesday?Now your weekend only guild is like the vast majority of raiding guilds and those that could only raid weekends have lost what they created.I realize the "slippery slope" logic is false, but it's far to easy to see how something like this could happen.
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