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February 14, 2005

Guild Matters

My friends, with our 'guild', our family, I am striving so very much, to avoid a lot of the politics and in-fighting that is often inherent to such organizations. However, it does seem that a few ground rules need to be laid down, in order to keep everyone happy.

The first thing I'd like to say is that I would prefer it if our guild remain small, ideally no more than 15 members ((people's alts/mules/bank slot characters don't count toward this)). Once we've hit that number, I wholly plan on removing the ability of everyone to admit new members to our ranks. If someone does come along, who is just fantastic, then it will be up to whoever happened to meet them to introduce them to me, and others within our guild, and we can vote on whether to allow them into our number.

I'm also planning on re-arranging the permissions that each of the members have. I wholly intend on allowing any of the founding members of our guild to invite others, my sight unseen, to the guild, with the following conditions in mind:

  • Anyone you invite MUST have a note tied to them stating who invited them.
  • In you invite someone, who turns out to be a problem, you will temporarily lose you privileges to invite new members. Repeated problems of this sort will result in further disciplinary action.
  • Until the new member has met (and preferably hunted) with at least 3 other members of the guild, they must remain at the rank of Traveler.
  • When you do invite a new member, if ALL of the other founding members are not available to talk to/meet them, you must post a note ((on the forums)) introducing the new member to the others in the guild. ((Refer the new member to the forum to introduce themselves as well))

I am going to remove the ability to kick people out of the guild from everyone save myself. I will be adding two additional ranks to our titles to take care of problem and new members so that we never have an issue of people being removed from our ranks simply due to petty disputes. If you feel someone needs to be removed from the guild (and I am not immediately available), lower them to the rank of Pariah, and send me a letter ((or contact on the forum)) and they will be reviewed. The two new titles are as follows:

  • Pariah - This rank is for members (ANY members) who by some means or another have come to require disciplinary action, up to and including removal from the guild. They will only be allowed to listen in to guild conversations, but not participate in them. If you demote someone to this rank, note it so, and I will speak with you in consideration of what their further punishment should be. ((If they have forum membership, they will be banned from the forum (they can still read, but not post), should they be removed from the guild, their forum permissions will also be removed.)) Before you brand someone as a Pariah, be sure you have valid reason. Frivolous branding of fellows will lead to severe disciplinary action. It is preferable if you have some sort of evidence of the offense/behavior warranting such a branding ((screenshot of the chat window, or a chat log (if you are using a UI mod that supports it))). If the behavior is witnessed and vouched for by two or more of the Brethren, that will also suffice.
  • Traveler - This rank is for new members that have NOT yet met with at least 3 guild members other than yourself, They will have the least privileges in the guild second to the Pariahs. This is merely a temporary rank until they membership is assured (through meeting others and gaining acceptance).

In addition to these changes, I have decided to change our titles as follows:

  • Leader - This will take place of 'Guild Master'.
  • Brethren - This will take place of 'Officer' and is a rank only given to founding members of our guild.
  • Fellow - This will take place of 'Member' and is the rank all fully approved members will hold.
  • Traveler - This is the rank for all new additions to the guild, they will hold this until fully approved by others within the guild.
  • Pariah - This is the rank for probationary members, those who have done some wrong, and are under review.

((Later today, I will be posting a sticky thread of all the guild members, and their ranks, as well as the full list of permissions for the various ranks))

Posted by Feren on February 14, 2005 10:36 AM