Because it eats Ken-L Ration! But seriously, I digest...
Okay, okay, enough with the comedy! I planned a real MEATY post for you today.
>.> Yeah, I'm going to stop now...
I was inspired by Copra over at Blog Azeroth; if you love blogs and you don't visit BA, get thineself over there post-haste, my friend. Anyway, Copra asks the question, "What is a good guild?" Barring the obvious, of course, my thought is that a guild isn't so much good as it is 'good for you.'
The most important consideration in looking for a guild concerns the people and various personalities involved. Not just of the Guild Leader or Officers, because even one flaming asshat can ruin the sense of camaraderie. Spend some time getting to know the members and management, if you don't already. Do you have fun hanging out with them?
What are the guild's goals, and do they closely align with your own? If you prefer to spend your evenings in PvP while your guild is bemoaning your absence in Ulduar, this isn't the guild for you. Conversely, if you're itching to get to Sarth 3D and your guildies break out in hives over a wipe, you'd probably do well to move on. Not sharing a common goal is a sure recipe for an unhappy guild.
Treatment of Members
The one area where one could perhaps declare "good" and "bad" tendencies is in the guild leadership's treatment of its members.
- Undefined loot distribution and other rules
- Criticism given without suggestions for improvement
- No regard for the guild's reputation