Lately the World of Warcraft community has been in uproar over the fact that a guild leader can be “dethroned” if they are inactive for 30 days. What people fail to realize is that this has been in place for the lifetime of WoW, only before you had to contact a game master to get the ownership changed. There are countless threads over at the WoW forums under Guild & Guild Leadership of leaders being dethroned and complaining about the “new” policy. So here are some tips to secure your guild.
First off let me start of by saying this. A guild is not the sole ownership of the leader and it is fair that a member can obtain the guild if the leader is not logging on for a certain amount of time. It’s just not just the leader putting time, effort, gold, items, and even achievements into the guild – it’s also the members. Yes people have real lives outside of WoW yes the guild should not be on your mind 100% of the time but there are ways to ensure your guild is still your guild while keeping the members happy. I’ve been in guilds in the past where the leader was gone for well over a month and we had no way of inviting new members and tried to keep the guild alive but did not want to have to leave guild (which is the GM ticket came in handy).
Find People You Trust
Are you a guild leader and planning on taking a break from WoW? Or are you just worried an emergency may come up and you don’t want to lose your guild? If you currently have officers in your guild appoint someone as a Co-Guild Leader, or at least some sort of a second in command. That way if you have to leave for an extended period of time they can take on the guild until you return. I would probably also have at least 2 people at second in command followed by a few officers (the way the policy works if it goes to the next highest rank that has been active within a certain period of time). Now if you don’t trust anyone in your guild … well, that’s a whole different blog post in itself
Let People Know
If you’re just going to take a break let members know! Post on your guild forums, facebook, or in the guild message of the day that you will be gone for an extended amount of time and that if anyone needs any help in the guild they can contact those you appointed as second in command. Obviously if it’s an emergency you may not have someone’s cell number to text them at some point and let them know what happened, but if you can – I’d suggest doing it at some point. So at least the officers or other higher ranks know what is happening.
I’m also curious what is everyone else’s thoughts on this “new” policy and for those that are guild leaders or are in guilds what are some precautions people are taking? I am considered a Co-guild leader is Epicurious (on Undermine) but we also have officers too that frequently log on (although both myself and the guild leader and very active and all leaders + officers are real life friends which makes things a bit easier). (2979 views)