May 27th 2009 3:17PM Good article.
I started a guild 4 years ago and it's still running today. We have kept our theme as "Casual Raiding Guild" throughout and we have a core set of members that have been with us 3+ years. I am no longer the GM, but still an officer. I changed jobs and had to step down since i was traveling alot during TBC years.
Some thoughts to add that have worked for us.
1. Make sure the people you recruit share your guilds ideal of the game. (don't recruit a PvP maniac if you are a raiding guild). No problems with the player there, they just won't fit in.
2. Get some competent officers and raid leaders to help you. People you trust to squelch the drama when you aren't online and who have the authority to deal with it. (You can't be online 100% of the time and additionally, you dont' want to spend your whole WoW life dealing with drama yourself)
3. And last, if someone is the center of drama more than once in a week, /gkick them. It may seem harsh, but you'll be happy you did. You don't have time as GM to deal with problems continually. Spend your time raiding/BGing or whatever. Not listening to QQs. Better now than when you've spent months getting them epic only to have them /gquit on you.
May 22nd 2009 9:15PM Yes, most of the time I heal while my other GCDs are "cooling". However, I also heal/pot/bubble/HoP/ etc whenever they are needed. The top dps toon is not necessarily the MVP of the raid. If you are a hybrid class, you shouldn't be judged by whether you can keep up with a rogue in dps.
I see your point that shaman may give up more dps than I do when giving up a GCD, but a dead shaman is sacrificing ALL his GCDs. As is any raider that takes aggro from teh tank, or lets a healer die. The point is, there is more to value in a raid than pure dps, and letting yourself die is fail.
I am not disputing that the Enh shaman needs work. It's apparent that they are hard to play since i haven't seen one since January in any guild raid or pug. Usually when there is a problem with a class/spec, they become hard to find... this is the case with Enh Shaman.
However, my point wasnt' that shaman don't need help, its that raid leaders should understand the contribution of a hybrid class as more than pure dps. I never do as much damage as a certain rogue in my guild (he's tops everytime), but he does more dps because I give him Might. When he takes aggro, I keep him alive with HoP. When the tank gets below 35% and is about to take a fusion punch, i hit him with Lay on Hands. Just because I'm at 3.5k dps and the rogue is at 5k, doesn't mean i did not contribute as well as he did that day.
May 22nd 2009 7:29PM I can't believe how focused people get on one stat... it's tunnel vision for dps dps dps.
I don't play a shaman so I can't comment on the OP's claim of lack of Stam. That may be true. I do play a Retnoob and while running SoM/SoB, you can bet I use a GCD flash heal every now and then. And I still stay close to the top of our raid damage. Raiding is more than you doing dps, you have to have more value to a raid than.. i can hit the mob real hard. Every encounter is about a team working together to make bosses fall over. Yes there are enrage timers to deal with, but if you don't heal yourself or pot or cower/bubble/feign death you end up dead. Dead is the only time you are doing zero for the raid. At least as a shaman, you can self res every other boss if you fall over.
Yes, as a retnoob, i'm expected to dps and dps well, but i can also HoP a tree, instant flash heal myself or tank, layonhands a bleeding tank (or myself). I am a hybrid class, i am brought to raids for everything I can do. If I do them in a smart manner, then bosses die and we move to new content further in the instance.
If you won't stop dpsing to keep yourself alive, you should have rolled a rogue.