This is just a short guide as to the pro's, con's and expectations involved in petitioning and full membership of the guild.
After petitioning, you simply need to gain as many points as is stated in the Petitioning for Membership topic. It is your responsibility to get these points, but that's not really as hard as it sounds. The process is basically set up so that you get those points by doing what you should hopefully already be doing anyway - talking with your guildmates. Talk with them, especially the ones that can actually vote on it, mention that you're petitioning and see what they say. Provided you're not a complete arse to people, most folks will be happy to talk to you, sound you out and vote on that basis. Some may want to test you out, say, by fighting in PvP, but that's up to them and up to you whether you want to spend the time doing that to get their vote.
After being accepted to the guild, you start off as a Worshipper. This is essentially a trial period for a month to make sure you're settling in fine and there are no problems. The most important thing you can do to do well in this phase is just to be active and play the game as you normally do. If there are any specific issues flagged up, we'll let you know. Near the end of the month, what's known as a Knighthood is posted up. It's a vote similar to the petition, but one that you don't get to see going on so if there are problems, people can air them without feeling constrained or worrying about knock-on personal problems. Generally speaking though, provided you've not been an arse or inactive for the month, the whole thing is just a formality.
The important thing to note is that if you are going to be inactive for a period of longer than maybe a week during your Worshipper period, please do inform the guild. We don't get uppity about people having things going on or even getting tired of the game for a bit. But if you've just disappeared and we don't know what's going on, what are we supposed to think?
This term's a bit of a misnomer here. What this basically means at the moment in this branch of the guild is that if you are accepted into the guild, you are not allowed to represent other guilds in Guild Wars 2 that do not fall into the following categories:
- Personal bank guild
- Personal guild with real life friends/family
If you're petitioning for forum-based full membership of the guild, the expectation is that you are willing to be active on the forum. That doesn't mean checking the forum every five minutes, but more at least 2-3 times a week so you know what's going on. If you do not check the forum for 45 days, you will be marked inactive on here, which removes your member rights and permissions. You can ask for them back, but depending on the length of inactivity, there are different requirements involved for them to be granted again.
By petitioning and formally joining the guild, you gain a greater say in all aspects of this branch and the guild itself. Following the Worshipper period, as a Citizen of the guild, you can vote in any GW2 or guild-wide election, meaning that you can pick the leaders of the guild that carry it forward. There are a number of other aspects too - you get a vote in formal changes to the branch and its rules, a say in who can and cannot join the guild and the right to have your voice heard and your opinion count.
Formal membership with the guild is considered "for life". You cannot be ejected from the guild for, say, being inactive or simply having a different opinion. There are ways, some easier than others, to get yourself ejected, but any decision taken towards you has a right of appeal attached to it. You are a person and a guild-mate, not just "membership" to us. Provided you observe the basic rules, you are always welcome, welcome to play games with us and share in the legacy of a gaming guild that is over a decade old.
Ranks and Being Elected
Formally joining the guild is the only way to "rank up" within the guild. If you had your eye on wanting to be a Templar and be able to help out by recruiting new members, you need to petition. If you thought you could do a better job than one of the Paladins responsible for organising a particular aspect of the guild, you need to petition. If you want my job, you need to petition. Wait, what? Yes. We're a democratic guild, we elect the majority of the leadership team (the Gods) every six months and after certain points after your Worshipper period, you're eligible to run for election for different roles in the guild and become one of those leaders. We're one of the very few guilds out there that openly offer members this sort of chance. There are a wide number of ranks you could aim for, depending on how confident you are in your own abilities and we offer a huge number of ways to get involved in the guild - whether that's in terms of pure leadership, game-specific roles or more supporting roles (e.g. keeping the records up to date, mediating on problems between members or welcoming new members to the guild and helping them find their feet).
The first step on the road to any and all of this is to petition.
Edited by Rupert, 21 January 2013 - 02:42.