All potential recruits MUST be at least eighteen (18) years of age.
Please be aware
that making an effort to poach members from other guilds isexpressly
forbidden. Potential recruits should be unguilded unless they're tagged
by an inactive guild, a guild created for banking purposes, a vanity guild, etc.
Potential recruits will typically be found in one of four ways:
or more of us finding and interacting in-game with someone who seems
like an excellent match and is looking for a guild 2) member referral 3) a potential recruit seeking us out 4) an external source--another
guild, friend of the guild, guild listing, or any resource such as The
Ideal Guild Quiz--directing the potential recruit to us.
If the application is accepted, the potential recruit will be sent a message informing them and offering them a trial position in the guild. Trial members will be expected to interact with existing trial members, recruits,
guild members, and preferably one or more council members in-game, via
activities and chat before determining whether the match between
trial member and guild is a good one. How long this trial period
will last will depend largely on the activity and participation level of
the potential recruit. Trial periods rarely last less than a week and
can last months if needed. Forum activity can help speed the process.
One or more guild members sponsoring the potential recruit can also
expedite the process. If a member knows a potential recruit well enough
to confidently assert that they will be a good match for the guild, then
that sponsorship can significantly impact a potential recruit's chances
of being offered a guild invitation. If the match doesn't work out, the
sponsoring member won't be penalized, but their sponsorship will not be
weighted as heavily in the future.
After a satisfactory trial period, the trial member will be promoted to recruit status and will be on-track to be voted in as a full guild member.
With the possible exception of previous members who left on good terms,
all new recruits will remain recruits for a period of at least one
month. At any time after the end of that month, a guild vote may be
initiated regarding whether or not to accept the recruit as a full
member. The length of the period between guild invite and member vote
will depend on the activity level of the recruit, how well the recruit
has meshed with the guild culture and values, and how well the recruit
has mixed with different guild members; a successful member candidate
interacts with as broad a segment of the guild as possible.
Votes to elevate recruits to member status are to be kept secret among
members. A recruit should not know whether or not he or she (or any
other recruit) has been voted on or what the results of any previous
Members are strongly encouraged to participate in votes to elevate a
recruit to member status, but no quorum is required. Votes will be left
open for a minimum of one week but will close after a maximum of two
Vote options will be "yes," meaning that the voting member is in support
of making the recruit a full member, "no," meaning that the voting
member has serious reservations about the recruit becoming a full
member, "abstain," meaning that the voting member doesn't
know the recruit well enough to vote a solid "yes" or "no", and "Uncertain", which means that the voting member is unsure
about the recruit becoming a full member but doesn't have reservations
serious enough to warrant a "no" vote.
If a member feels the need to vote "no," it would be highly preferred if
the member would communicate to a council member or the guild leader
the reason for their "no" vote; this can help us resolve any outstanding
issues between people in the guild, and often if one person has a
problem, others have the same problem.
In order for a recruit to be voted in as a member, they must receive 70%
or more "yes" votes. If a candidate receives more than 10% but less
than 20% "no" votes, their vote will not pass, but they may be put up
for vote again. If a candidate receives 20% or more "no" votes, their
vote will not pass, and typically they will not be eligible for re-vote.
If a candidate is deemed ineligible for re-vote, they will be informed
of that by the guild leader.