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6-13-2011 @ 10:17PM
Reading through this I believe Scott gave a very diplomatic response, perhaps more so then deserved.Based on what was written it appears to me that the officer involved is bordering on being poisonous for your guild and acting in their own self-interest against what's best for a guild. I would even go as far as to suggest that they are manipulating you to their desires.I say this because:1. You punished the person who stood up for Hoots. Why? Punishing someone who criticizes a decision sends a very strong "Officers vs Members/ Us Vs Them" vibe to the members of the guild. Remember that an officer is generally just someone who has been in the guild for longer then others, their opinions don't magically get more valuable and correct just because they have a higher rank next to their name.2. "The officer that got in the argument was adamant that members could create raids on the weekdays"Really? They can do that? Then what's the argument about?3. "She stated (rightfully, I think) that it was sad that members that could not raid in the week could not enjoy alt raid in a guild focused on weekend play."This just smacks of "I can't raid on Monday's, therefore, nobody can raid on Monday's WAHHHHHH!!!!".Are you aware that not everyone follows the same schedule and that there are 7 days in a week? Regardless of the fact that you are a 'weekend guild' there will be members who enjoy your guild for the community but want to play more then what is officially offered. If you are only engaging your members 2 days of the week that gives them 5 other days to go gallivanting around the world on 'un-official' outings.You run the risk of losing good players who have to take their alts out-of-guild to find runs that meet their needs.4. Suggesting you label the runs "Official" and "Personal Initiatives".Again, they seem to be going out of their way to create this "Us vs Them" atmopshere. Why? Why? Why?. Repeat after me, Officers are not evolved superbeings who rule the world. Without members in a guild you've got nothing to officiate.5. Having "suspicions that he is gathering a support group to have his way with the guild, and I know for a fact she will be blamed for any perceived attack on the weekday raid."Why do you think she will be blamed? Maybe... Just maybe... It's because she IS the driving force directly attacking the notion of a weekday raid.Would you really blame Hoots for gathering support? He has gone out of his way to work within the community you've created to provide further team-building activities and he's been attacked from the top by some power-crazy officer.My Advice to you:1. Man up. You're the guild leader. Make decisions that are in the best interest of the GUILD not in that of yourself and other officers.2. Man up! Stop being bullied/manipulated by this officer. Think for yourself. In your letter you wrote "I think.." a lot about what side of the argument you are on. This suggests to me that you don't really feel this way but the point has been pushed so hard by the other officer that you'd rather just give into what they want rather then continue arguing. 3. Don't take advice in relation to a conflict from someone that was involved as there's going to be bias. Was there anyone else online at the time that was there that could shed light on what actually happened?Definitely don't take advice about what punishment should be doled out by someone who was directly involved in an incident.4. Ditch the rigidity of your guild and go with the flow. If Hoots is able to assemble 10 people who want to raid on a Monday, let him. He's doing it under your guild banner which can be nothing but beneficial. 5. Stamp out the "Us Vs Them" culture as soon as possible.5. MAN UP!
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