So lately there have been some changes going on in other peoples guilds. Personalities are all over the board in this game. There is no denying it. Some people have important jobs with exclusive titles and so they feel entitled to the same type of respect and importance in everything they do up to and including World of Warcraft. Some people were the assholes that got beat up after school or snapped with a towel in the showers after gym class. However, they hold a very important role to the guild they are in. Others have the feeling that they are a nobody in the real world, so why would anything change in a virtual world?
It's because if these different personality types that guild ranks can be the reason for major drama, heartache, tears, or chronic masturbation. But here's the real question.......how important IS that guild rank? I mean, honestly, at the end of the day whether you're the guild master or an officer do you think guildies walk past you in your major city and tremble in fear at your presence? If you think that that is the case, I want you to know that I'm having sexual relations with your wife. Because you'll obviously believe anything.
Here's the basics that I'm going to break down for you. The guild is (or should be as closed to as possible) a well oiled machine. Each component is important. Whether it's the person who does farming or craft leveling, or the raid leader. Everyone has a specific role that they have to fulfill to make the guild a success and a fun/appealing environment to be a part of. Again, ALL MEMBERS ARE IMPORTANT. However within this personal society, as with everything, there has to be some sort of a rank structure. That's just the way of life. Everyone has a boss in real life. Everyone's boss has a boss. You get the idea. At this point, the idea of being a well oiled machine goes right out the window. EVERYONE wants to be the "important part" to make the machine function. And when they aren't that "important part" or "special snowflake", here comes the drama. This drama becomes significantly worse if the ranks were to ever change. Some people get SO bent around the idea of being "an officer" or having the "officer" title attached to their name that it goes from a game, to a job. The guild master now has to log in and juggle personality conflicts because someone feels more important or should be more important than they currently are. The reason people feel like they should become more important in the guild is because in a short amount of time, they've become Mr. or Mrs. Popular. Everyone loves them. They are a RIOT in guild chat, awesome in vent, whatever. It's this "Everyone loves me so I MUST be an officer" mentality that kills guilds. What these people don't realize is that there are people who have been there LONG before they ever hit the scene. Those people helped make the guild what it is and have asked for little to nothing in return. They are core guildies. It's great that you may have joined the guild and because you decide to post your tits all over twitter or turn ANYTHING into a sexual innuendo which causes sweaty nerds across America to sweat profusely on their folding chair, you are owed nothing. In the grand scheme of things, you've been here for 20 minutes and chances are you're a flash in the pan.
So Twizz, dude, how do I fix a problem like this? I have a solution that MIGHT work for SOME guilds. Maybe if you're a GM and reading this it might spark an idea or two. Or if you're a player looking to start your own guild, you may want to give this idea system a whirl. As far as a rank structure goes, don't give people ranks, give them labels. I know what you're thinking, "Good game Twizz! Way to NOT make a lick of f***ing sense!". Hear me out...
Everyone is at SOME stage of the game. Some toons are leveling. Some JUST hit 85. Others are raiding. Chances are, if someone has a main character in your guild, they also have an alt. I would make a label that identifies who they are, and where they are in the game. There is nothing wrong with creating a label that says "Gearing Out" for people who are fresh to 85. This label will let other players know that there is a good chance they might be able to hop in a LFG together and share the mutual benefit of Valor Points, shorter waiting times and god forbid getting to know a fellow guildie you may know nothing about. Another label that could be used is the simple term "Raider". That could be identified with someone who has cleared or is clearing current raid content. This may come with benefits such as the ability to ginvite and gkick people or bust them down in rank. Why? These are the people who are fairly serious (more often than not) about the game. SOMEONE has to be around in case an account gets hacked and someone who is labeled as "leveling" is running around butt naked and cleaning the guild bank out. Someone DOES need to be around for those instances since the GM WILL have to sleep at some point and will not be logged in. The last label may go to alts. I'd recommend "Gatherer" with a note that says "mining" or "herbing". If all works out right, and the guild is trying to be a well oiled machine helping itself out, these gatherers should be well stocked with mats for flasks, cauldrons, feasts, etc. That being said, if you have an alt that's labeled a gatherer, it's YOUR job to pull your weight. People will come to you for mats and be thankful that you have them just as you'll be thankful to go to the skinner and get the mats for your leg enchant. Do you kinda see what I'm doing here? When everyone functions properly and the common goal is to help everyone in the guild progress on whatever they are doing, that drama is avoided assuming people are responsible enough to pull their weight.
Another label that just came to mind may be "Starting Out". It's identified as a new guy in the guild. You have to earn your way in and show initiative. After that, you'll be part of the cool club and running with your new guildies through all phases of the game. But until that point, you only have the guild name above your head and nothing more.
This was all brought on by some in guild drama that made me sit back and get nauseous. Get off your "I'm so important" kick. The world doesn't owe you a damn thing because you're a slut. If you're Mr. or Mrs. Popular, that's wonderful, but if you can't heal, tank or dps your way out of a paper bag, what makes you SO important to the guild? There is no "I" in Team. But there is a "F*** you if you don't like it" if you rearrange the letters and add a few more.
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