Our dissatisfaction with the guild has been brewing for a while, and although we could stomach our "casual guild is casual" mantra, we reached our breaking point when the guild/raid leader went out of town and any modicum of rules and standards went out the window. He returned on Monday, and while we'd bit our tongues during his absence, K- and I felt that some things really needed to be addressed — low DPS, abysmal healing, loot rules that changed on a whim to serve the officers, more concern that alts get epics than the guild works on progression. We carefully crafted a post for the guild forums, asking what direction the guild was planning for Ulduar and arguing that simply because the guild is a casual one doesn't mean that people should not try.
Two of the officers responded to our thread, one totally missing the gist of our argument and contending that it's important to gear alts because "in a pinch" we might need them. Another said that he was offended that we would ask people to try harder and that we should leave the guild.
Before last night's raid, I asked the guild leader if I could chat with him in vent. I needed to see if he agreed with his fellow officers that "hey, it's cool if you just hit level 80 ten minutes ago and are still wearing low level greens and blues as an enhancement shaman because "in a pinch" we might need someone with a 20% miss rate who does 1200 dps" or that "hey, it's okay if it takes us 2 hours to clear spider wing because we're just here for the good times. And the free loot."
We had a good talk, and he reassured me that things would be different. "Give me a week," he said. "If it's still bad, we'll figure out how to address the problems." He didn't say "GTFO" or "STFU" — the attitude that the other officers have taken.
We did Malygos and about half of Naxx last night, and he cracked down on people immediately. "If you can't hit 3K dps, I'll replace you." "If you can't stack the DoTs on Malygos in Phase 3, I'll replace you." "If you don't have flasks for progression fights, I'll replace you." "Raid healers, focus on the raid, not the tanks." "OK, who the hell crossed charges on Thaddius?"
Everyone — officers and raiders alike — was on their best behavior. And I felt pretty vindicated since many of these people had told me that my criticisms were unwelcome and unwarranted. Here was the guild leader, echoing exactly what K- and I had been saying.
So to our detractors, I say…