a person holding a position of authority
In Frostwolves, we have 2 ranks of officers - Alphas are the officers main toons, and betas are the alts of officers. And then of course there is me, as Pack Master (Guild Master).
Abuse of power to the detriment of others disturbs me. Things that unfair disturb me. People may wonder how can you do that in a video game - but believe me, there are many ways, that power can be abused within a guild.
It starts when you start to set yourself apart from the rest of the guild. For example, as officers, thinking that you are somehow better than the rest of the members of the guild. The typical example comes from raiding.
I've heard many complaints of people saying loot distribution is unfair because loot would go to officers ahead of other raid members. Also, officers getting raid spots over other players - but there may be more than one side to that story.
Other examples are of officers and GMs helping themselves to guild bank funds - guild bank gold comes not only from the direct contributions from guild members, but is also earned through perks such as Cash Flow, and guild members running the guild dungeon money spinners. I mean, I saw this post in forums and the thought had never occurred to me to do that for earning gold!
...Certain *cough* enterprising players are starting guilds with open invites which, ofc, with a lot of players, level to 25 in no time and once the Cash Flow perk is unlocked, start accumulating a lot of gold in the guild bank fairly quickly.One notorious player on Stormrage has four (yes, FOUR) lvl 25 guilds, to which he contributes nothing except the dutiful emptying of the bank once cash accumulates.Guild members get nothing. The only one that can use the guild bank for repairs is himself.- Shadowmaid
And don't forget, that power (and gold) if it gets to your head, can change a person. My friend, Saya, wrote about her recent experience:
I was part of a guild I helped found with two others. A guild council with equal voices in decisions, and to share the burden of guild responsibility. It sounded great on paper, but I suppose the one thing we can never account for is what power can do to people.So yes, that's the "great power" part - abuse of power maybe /mumbles to self. How about some great responsibilities?
As time went on, things got worse. We were soon confronted with someone who didn’t want to be texted or bothered with guild management things, yet saw fit to yell and question decisions that went ahead without him. The few conversations that did take place were about reducing his workload, not stepping up.
In Frostwolves, being an officer has evolved from what it was when I became an officer. There were a lot of officers back then - each person was deemed to be a responsible person and back then we also had class leaders - something we don't need anymore now. All the class leaders were officers, and I think we had 12 officers or something like that at one point.
Now we have very few officers as people who were officers stopped playing WoW. Previous guild leaders remain officers for honorary sake, even though they haven't been online for ages. But each current officer in Frostwolves has some sort of administrative duty that they perform - Lushnek uploads and records our World of Logs fights and does techy web stuff, Moo pays for our guild Ventrilo, Kyxyn was our raid leader (and still is for Flex) and Sev... well I told him that he has to be the guild quartermaster, so he dishes out raid food and is supposed to do flasks for people who need it. Not that many people ask - they are quite self sufficient.
With the exception of Moo, whose explosive behaviour can border on hilarious at times (he really is like a tauren - quick to anger and charge, and then quick to shrug it off), and Lushnek who is quiet until he is riled up - officers are expected to be calm, rational and reasonable people. We want people to be able to ask us things without fear of retribution, and make suggestions. I've had complaints a few times about people trying to make suggestions but are not heard - the hard part is, sometimes you want to try something a few times before you make a change, because constantly changing a tactic leads to confusion, but bashing our heads against something that doesn't work. Still working on that one.
I also expect officers to help out the rest of the guild for things like Flex runs. Though I REALLY appreciate the help from everyone, I tend to put more pressure on the officers to be there, and I don't put the same pressure on our normal raiders. Fortunately, Kyxyn and I have very similar views on how to run the guild and how we want to handle our casual raiding, so it all runs very well. Lushnek is happy to hang out and play when his arm isn't bothering him. Sev is the one who suffers from burnout more than any of us, and will come if needed but I try to let him have a rest whenever possible - we tend to only need him for the last wing, and he has no desire to do SoO on his alts. I hear you asking why don't I
One more thing that officers have to do is deal with is the dreaded "drama". Where you have a bunch of people, inevitably there will be drama, friction, tempers, tantrums. Putting out little fires here and there is part of what we do - calming down the angry frustrated raider, reassuring the emotional one, disciplining the people dropping the C-word or excessive F-bombs in guild chat or vent... sometimes, you wouldn't be mistaken if you thought Officer was another word for PARTY POOPER. Sometimes though, I've just about had enough...
So really, being an officer in Frostwolves is more work than play! The only cool things we can do is invite people to the guild, set the Messages of the Day and gkick people (not that we've had to do that in a long long while!). I think it would be rather nice if we got something cool like a Tshirt or something... but then Kyxyn wouldn't be caught dead wearing anything that was gaming related... you should have seen the look on his face when I turned up in a WoW Tshirt for our guild meetup.
So do you think you're ready for this crappy responsibility? Step right up for a promotion! :D Of course, rigorous selection criteria apply /wink