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Legal action between ZAM and Curse results in dismissal {WoW}

Feb 19th 2009 4:03PM The key quote from the order is "without prejudice." As the other attorney above pointed out, an agreement to dismiss without prejudice usually means one or both parties want to reserve the right to make amended (or additional) claims at a later date. If money has changed hands, dismissing "with prejudice" is usually required before the check is tendered.

Officers' Quarters: /annoyed {WoW}

Dec 1st 2008 4:02PM It would probably depend on whether he considered the person to be a member of his crew. :)

Officers' Quarters: /annoyed {WoW}

Dec 1st 2008 3:53PM Two things ... one, regarding the comments, it is our guild's philosophy that officers should never have members on ignore. If you can't see gchat or see your members talking in general or trade then you can't adequately serve your membership, protect your guild tag, and deal with issues.

Two, many large guilds have "counsel" leadership styles which require a majority of the officers to approve of a gkick in many circumstances. It sounds like the post is geared more towards those types of guilds, where there are guidelines for gkicks. In those circumstances dealing with members who don't fit in, but have not really broken any rules, can be quite frustrating. Talking is step one, but in many cases it comes down to a vote or a final decision.

In our guild we have an officer who is an attorney and explained to us a legal concept called the "totality of circumstances" test. Meaning each individual incident with a member may not constitute a violation of the rules, but if you stop looking at each incident in isolation and look at the big picture it is clear the person just does not fit in. If you have had numerous incidents where people are complaining about someone and/or they are skirting the line, the "totality of the circumstances" test allows officers to stop waiting for someone to do something "gkickable" and do what everyone knows needs to happen anyway ... not to mention if someone is that unhappy, they need to be given the opportunity to move on to a community that is more aligned to their needs.

The Queue: Feasting and Fishing {WoW}

Nov 25th 2008 3:38PM I was pleasantly surprised to find that I could get to 400 cooking fairly easily through the green recipes. Fishing was a big help. If you can't fish, buy those fish in mass because it seems easier/cheaper than Feast.

Officers' Quarters: (Group) {WoW}

Nov 25th 2008 3:30PM We have been a large (250+ accounts) guild for over three years now, and we have found that help mechanisms we offer our members have to evolve with the game. WoW is constantly changing, and what works in the current manic leveling period will not be effective in the content plateaus, and vice versa.

From an officer perspective setting up structures and organized activities can be great, but the shifts in the game mean that any structure or organized activity will only be popular or effective for a limited amount of time and used by a small number of people. So create mechanisms that are designed to be limited in time, or are meant to be activated in reaction to member initiative instead of managed by an officer.

Also, in a large guild any mechanism you create will only used by a small fraction of your members. Most members are not actually going to use whatever system you create for any aspect of the game, but they LOVE the idea of being in a guild that has that system in place if they want to take advantage of it. By empowering your members and reducing direct officer oversight, you can maximize your limited human resources and still offer your guild a valued service.

Finally, whatever is happening in the game of WoW, time spent on education is probably a better investment. Use your leadership position to influence your guild culture and educate people on how to ask for help in a way that is likely to produce a positive response. When you teach people the basics of help etiquette, it empowers them while removing your direct responsibility for their success. It also means they are likely to teach other/future members these tips, either directly or through example, which benefits your guild exponentially over time.

Countdown to Wrath Giveaway: Day 0 - BlizzCon loot bag with Polar Bear Mount {WoW}

Nov 13th 2008 5:34PM Another great contest! Please enter me as well!

WoW Moviewatch: Fruit of Elune {WoW}

Oct 17th 2008 1:29PM Censorship typically means that content is deleted or not shown at all. In this case she posted the video and then voiced her opinion about it. That's not censorship, that's editorializing.

WoW Moviewatch: Fruit of Elune {WoW}

Oct 17th 2008 1:03PM These comments are simply unnecessary, as are the requests for the poster to justify her personal history, her emotional stability, or her job to you lot. This is a BLOG about a GAME. Blogs have OPINIONS. If you can't handle then perhaps you are the ones that can't handle life on the internet. Damn, boys, get your undies out of your crack, man up, and move on.