Apparently this post was unimaginative and people are easily offended by someone talking about their guild when going into detail about your PERSONAL OBJECTIVES AS A GUILD LEADER! Sorry though, maybe the topic didn't say it, do i need to repeat the reason of this post to the community within MY objectives post? I'm not here to just give a nice quandry to the rest of the community without answering it myself. If you feel this is something I should be describing in my guilds description So now that my rants done since people want to flame and troll over assumptions about a post I made at 4:30 in the morning. Why am I a guild leader. That is the question at hand, because obviously if you did not have some sort of personal objective to be fulfilled you would not be leading a guild. 1. To create a lasting community. methods used to achieve this goal: Forming strong bonds/friendships with my members which transcend individual games, genre. Creating an environment that is entertaining and addicting to be involved with. Having an event calendar to give my guildies an additional reason to login other than the daily grind. 2. To clear all raid content in a timely manner. methods used to achieve this goal: creating guild grouping content to be done each day before a raid to get the community gathered prior to raid which in addition helps prevent boredom and resentment towards those guildies who show up right at raid time. (things like doing world bosses, guild BGs, house parties, and a number of other activities to promote community bonding) Have no end time for a raid, but rather setting goals to be achieved before the night is ended. Example: my guild is currently 6/12 through the current tier of raid content, we raid 4 nights a week so we set our first night to clearing at least 4 bosses our first night, any additional progression is just icing, but our raids continue on until no one is left to fill raid spots. If bill can start raiding at 10 and can be on till midnight, and jim has to leave at 10 well there you go bill subs in for jim and we keep on going. Most guild leaders can't be bothered with setting up a schedule to match their raiders needs but they sure as hell seem to be able to order their guildies to be on the same piss cycle. We're not about that. Constructive advice and critiquing of struggling members post raid to properly educate them on how to deal with the matter that they are currently struggling with, it's not hard people, it just takes time and patience. Even the squeakiest of hinges can be silenced with enough greasing. 3. Entertain the masses. Possibly the most challenging of goals. methods used to achieve goal: When you're running a community, instead of a federal penitentiary, the greatest mistake you can make is not creating user generated content for your members to take part in. Have a raider who has 4 friends in the guild who have never expressed an interest in raiding? Pay attention to what they do while their on line, 6 hours in AV together? Let's see who else is interested in BGs, Oh look we now have a full premade guild BG group running every day, and now I have a PvP raid leader who went from being an unproductive stranger to someone who commands (not demands) a large amount of respect from his guildies for his efforts. After you've discovered what ever it is your members want to do aside from raid or PvP, you need to develop a method of not only promoting their interest but getting your guild involved with them. Never assume you're way is the best way therefor the only way. Great communities are built upon just how perceptive their leaders are to the needs of the individuals. Example: Johnny has been in your guild for 2 weeks, he joined as a Friends/Family, Johnny likes playing the auction house, start giving him small tasks like managing the guilds item overflows, and let him keep 10% of the profit, after he proves himself trustworthy, allot him to be your guild's treasurer. His reason for wanting to do this? he gets to play with bigger numbers and makes profit off doing so while at the same time becoming a major player within the community. Change things up, is the guild currently ahead of the curve for its raid schedule that week? inform your raiders that tomorrow you'll attempt a naked encounter of the raid. Why do things like this? Not only do challenges like naked raids actually cause players to have to become far more cautious of taking damage but it also provides a sense of relief that this is not a serious raid night, it's just something to do for fun to unwind. These are great times to also allow people to just have open chat during the encounter and get to know players they've otherwise had next to no involvement with. These are my 3 main objectives in leading a gaming community. I've been at this for quite a few years so I've gotten quite good at figuring out unique ways to ensure that these objectives are met within each of my communities. My other objectives reflect similarly to other hardcore PvE raiding guilds (as it is my personal interest within MMOs).