Jun 20th 2011 5:25PM Great article, and I will affirm that all three points are true. One thing I'd like to point out as (usually) a mistake that many new GMs commit is creating lots of ranks that have no real purpose. Sure, it may seem like an interesting concept to a new GM to do this, but it really just tends to complicate things in the long run and enforce a system of hierarchy among your members.
When I founded my guild, we decided that we would only have a handful of ranks. GM, Co-GM (essentially my 3 officers), Member, Alt, and Recruit. That's it. Every rank has a purpose other than establishing hierarchy, and it is quite refreshing to never hear the phrase, "What do I need to do for a promotion?" in gchat =)
Apr 15th 2011 4:30PM I think what you are dealing with is a situation that cannot really be summed up properly in a single email to anyone. This is in no way dismissing your problem by any means. Rather, it is to say that the severity of the issue is defined by your day-to-day dealings with this guy, and for that, it is hard for anyone to put themselves in your shoes.
I run a small raiding guild of rather tight-knit folks. Many of us know each other IRL, and we have regular guild parties where we meet some of our newer members on a regular basis. We know the personalities of one another quite well, and our banter often encompasses rather non-PC dialogue. In our Vent, there are many jokes regarding race, sexual orientation, politics, etc, but at the heart of it, we are a very open guild, welcoming people from all walks of life, or all colors, sexualities, religions, and political affiliations. If a member of our guild was offended by our chat, I would do my best to make certain that folks toned it down a bit, or I would take measures to ensure the offended member knew that the others were being completely lighthearted with their jokes. We would never tolerate true bigotry.
The problem exists when one's personality is dominated by such bigotry or griefing. As many off-color things as I've heard my guildies say (privately of course, not in public channels), it always makes me uncomfortable when my primary dealings with new folks (PuGs, usually) encompass this 4chan-ish behavior. We ran with another guild for a little while in Wrath, and we ended our association with them when many of us collectively decided, "Wow. They are racist. Like truly racist, not Dave-Chappelle-funny-observation-racist."
From what I am hearing, if this guy has no discernable qualities or a personality apart from his rantings and griefing that he is causing you, there may be a problem. Not to say that folks in your guild leadership are bad people, but perhaps their willingness to moderate their behavior so as not to offend those outside their long-term circle of friends is not at the level you are wanting. This could be a personality clash, and if it is, there are plenty of other guilds out there. This is not just an issue involving one offender but rather one that revolves around the mentality of the guild as a whole.
If you are truly bothered by this fellow, and you cannot get to know him as a decent person outside his off-color comments, it makes sense that he would annoy you (and likely others). If the guild's policy is to tolerate him doing such, keep searching. There are plenty of other options where guild leadership wants their newer players are made to feel welcome and comfortable as opposed to dismissing the issue with, "That's just him; he's kind of a tool."
Mar 17th 2011 6:26PM Your only concern with hit should be if you are on interrupt duty. If you are doing 10-mans or 5-mans, you may want to prioritize hit, as mind freeze is a very powerful interrupt Being able to rely on your mind freeze can save you a considerable amount of damage (or wipes) if your raid composition is lackluster on reliable interrupt classes.
Personally, I have to have my hit capped as a tank, as I am one of the three in our 10-man group that interrupts the casters in Nefarian's second phase.
As a tank nowadays, most of your threat will come from simply getting hit (vengeance). If you miss a bit while you are tanking, it is generally not a major concern, threat-wise. Most of those top-end guilds are likely running 25-mans, so they have plenty of DPS classes that can be on interrupt duty. Also, they are doing bleeding-edge content, so they will want maximum survivability stats, among which hit is not.
Mar 15th 2011 4:32PM Belt options:
-Hardened Elementium Girdle is a craftable blacksmithing piece providing dodge and mastery with a blue socket.
-Jumbotron Power Belt from Tron Council provides dodge and mastery with a yellow socket.
-If you are like me (cheap), you can go with the option from exalted Hyjal, the Belt of the Ferocious Wolf. Sure, it's a DPS belt, but you can reforge a good chunk of the crit to avoidance or hit. You should already have Hyjal rep from the cloak, so this is a good starter option.
-The Bile-O-Tron Nut drops from Chimaeron, providing dodge and expertise.
-Any Permafrost Signet from Conclave of Wind will provide a combination of dodge, parry, and mastery.
-Ring of the Battle Anthem, which has dodge and mastery, can be picked up with 1250 valor points.
-Rings seem to be a bit harder to upgrade than other pieces, so a couple of good starter 346s are the crafted Elementium Moebius Band which is one of the few ring options that provides a gem slot. It is not terribly expensive, if you can find a JC to make it (hint: I totally can if you are on Norgannon-US). Another good starting piece is Felsen's Ring of Resolve, for which any raid-prepping tank should qualify, as it requires Therazane revered status.
Jul 6th 2010 1:01PM *Edit: (last paragraph) "BEING A guild leader..."
Jul 6th 2010 12:57PM Is anyone else worried about professional issues that this could cause? I simply do not want my legal name tied to search engine hits on the WoW forums. I will not be posting on the forums if this change goes live, purely because (unfortunate and misguided as it is), potential clients will often look down upon hiring a person who has a large number of Google hits linked to a video game. Although I think we all know it is a false correlation, stereotypes still exist, and this can be a professional deterrent.
I am already making certain that my Facebook profile stays clean because of this, but soon we will have to avoid the forums if we want to stay safely Google-linked. (That is, at least from an uptight, professional standpoint, which is where some of us make our careers...)
Ba guild leader, the forums can be a decent tool for me to pool information, as well as respond to recruitment requests. I've played since release, and I rarely complain about things that are changed about the game. However, the forums are a tool that I like to use, and I would be somewhat restricted in doing so if this change does go live.
Mar 30th 2010 1:41PM Pretty sure that comment was a reference to this semi-epic troll thread: