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2-28-2012 @ 6:34AM
I guess if your only goal is to get something OUT of a guild, it won't serve as anything social - it becomes, IMO, a sort of service for the individual. I think raiding guilds still have their purpose because LFR isn't the same thing. You don't have 10 or 25 people (mostly the same people) working toward a common goal. You work together, suffer failures together, enjoy successes together, and hopefully, help each other outside of the raid instances and chat together.With social guilds, we can use the tools we have available (LFR, LFG) and use it do to things with other members. We've never been a raiding guild so it was nice last week when 5 of us went into LFR together, explaining fights over vent, to people less familiar with it, etc. We work together to level the guild, keep supplies stocked. We give gems, most enchants, consumables, to members who have really become a part of our guild community. But if you log in, never answer when people say "Hello" or "Grats," never don't answer when we ask if want to run something with us, and only speak when you want something, the offers for those things (nor rank promotions) won't be forthcoming because I'll see you as someone parking here for perks only, and not for the community.Guild can only be a community when the members make it so. The leaders can set the atmosphere, enforce the rules and decide what kinds of people to invite (and which to get rid of), but the members have to come together and build a home for themselves. Community, whether the WoW community as a whole, or each individual guild, is only as good as the people in it. If people decide to socialize and cooperate, and not put up with bad behavior, you'll have a stronger community, where people will want to belong.
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