For as long as guilds have been a part of gaming, there has been some sort of application. Back in the days of yore, before voice chat was around (yes, young whipper-snappers, it happened!) and assuming your guild even had a website, the need for a detailed application was really the only way you knew (or at least thought you knew) your fellow guild mates. This basically equated to what was (and still is in some cases) a job interview-esque autobiography. Nowadays we don't have to walk uphill, both ways, in the snow to get to know who we're playing with. We have great community tools available all over the intarwebz, voice chat is pretty much mandatory - even with pugs, and people are even getting back into video chat (aka podcasting) as well. Because of all of this, I've come across more and more people in the past year or two questioning the need for such a lengthy application. So, with so many ways to get to know everyone in the guild, isn't it time the Guild Application got a makeover? What do you all think about this: Rephrase questions so that the answers can be clicked on in some manner (check boxes, drop downs, radio buttons, etc) or leave the player only having to type one or two words, and just keep it to very, very basic info What is your primary character's name? Simple text box Are you over 18 (or whatever your guild's age limit is)? Yes/No radio button Are you US-based (or whatever region your guild is in)? Yes/No radio button What time zone are you in? Drop down with PST/MST/CST/EST/Other or possibly a GMT-x list if that better suits your guild What are your play times (times listed in EST (or whatever your guild's timezone is))? Create a check box list that has time blocks conducive to your guild's play times How long have you been playing MMORPG's? Drop down with time frames fitting your guild's criteria How many MMORPG's have you played (that you can remember at least)? Drop down with 1, 2-3, 4-5, 6+ Eliminate all but one text area. The majority of players simply want some good people that they can play with on a regular basis, that will help them get things done efficiently, and seem like good enough people to get to know. Let's face it, pugging can sometimes feel like you're herding cats. So, with all of that being said ... Is there anything you'd like to share with us before you put in your app (goals, aspirations, wants/needs, maybe a dirty joke)? That's pretty much it. Short and sweet. We've got such great communication/social tools at our disposal now, let's get out of the way of guild membership and let those tools really start working for us! What say you?