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Posted: Feb 12th 2008 8:26AM Ghen said

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A guild is either growing or dying. You have to take on new members somehow. If for some reason you get to the point where your reputation is enough to get a steady influx of new members then good for you! But for most, recruitment is needed.

My personal preference is to have an application and recruit using the forums and private messages in game after a successful PUG.

Recruiting solo people after you've grouped with them for an hour is a great way to only get quality people who's personality meshes well with others. Usually it isn't enough though, so you do have to take some random people through forum recruitment. The application process is there to at least screen out the worst candidates and the rest will have to go on a trial in the guild. Basically, the trial is if you don't piss anyone off in a few weeks then you're in ;)

Posted: Feb 12th 2008 9:07AM (Unverified) said

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Open recruitment will not get you on the bleeding edge of anything but the drama train.

Ghen said it right, the guild members should be encouraged to PUG several times a week and recruit from people who work well with others. That is the BEST way to get membership.

Second best is the 'forum application', but it's a distant second.

Posted: Feb 12th 2008 10:51AM (Unverified) said

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The biggest problem I have found is no matter how a guild gets new members, I have yet to find one that actually lives up to its claims. It seems with WOW all MMO's have become status quo int he sense that there really is no need to group other than raiding and Heroic-Type encounters. This is unfortunate.

Call me jaded and cynical, but guilds seem to be a waste of time until you become raid capable. This is especially true for the guilds that demand alot yet offering very little.

Posted: Feb 12th 2008 3:31PM GreenArmadillo said

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The biggest challenge is 1) making sure that everyone making the decisions agrees on what the guild's goal is and 2) not being the 65th guild on your server with said goal (e.g. Karazhan). Whatever your goal is, you're not going to make it there if half your members aren't on the same page (e.g. 1/3 don't want to raid at all, and the best members are far more serious than everyone else, such that they're going to get frustrated and leave soon). If you are going for an ultra-common goal (again, see: Kara), you are going to have a lot of competition, and the recruits that do trickle down to you may be significantly worse - if you can't come up with a compelling reason why recruits should choose you over all the other guilds out there, they probably can't either (and no, the chance to be led by you personally probably won't be all that compelling).

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