Should Guild Applications for new guilds be on the Public forums?
Another random question from myself.
Nope. I don’t think they should.
I was checking out another guilds website, and I won’t name and shame them because it’s my opinion, but on their public accessible forums they had peoples Guild Applications, with Approved and Declined messages attached to them.
The application was pretty standard, and the declines where done politely, but I do not like the idea of them being made public mainly because I have seen too many used against people, and applications linked, and forwarded and ridiculed.
An application process is supposed to be about filtering out as much as the ‘bad’ as possible, but I think it should be a private communication between the new potential guild and yourself. Making the applications public serves no purpose but to show poorly written examples to learn how not to write a bad application, or see a good one too, ( or for someone like me to blog about it)
In this case not all the applications declined had poorly written applications, some were declined for an overglut of class, but the voyeur in me rubbed my hands gleefully at the chance to read someone elses application and why they weren’t good enough.
It was a guildlaunch site, and my guild uses a Guildomatic form and our applications are not public, but having said that, I’ve never had to write a guild application before, but I figure as long as I watch my spelling and my armory isn’t in Pvp gear, I would be able to fill in the appropriate fields thoughtfully.
While it its a personal preference of mine that, things like that are not displayed publicly, if it was a guild I wanted to be a part of it wouldn’t stop me from applying, but having said that depending on your guild hosting site’s capabilities, at least restrict the apps to guild view.
At least to make it more difficult for forum trolls.