Random Guild Invites: Major No-No

Why random guild invites are a plague and how they can be wiped from the face of World of Warcraft.

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There is nothing like some peaceful
leveling in World of Warcraft. Running about the world with nothing
but the weapons on your back completing quests and killing everything
that moves. A soothing and blissful process. That is, until you are
bombarded with one guild invite after another until it becomes a
relentless parade. These mass invites players experience while
leveling are invasive, insensitive, almost totally misguided, and it
is about time something changes.

Random Guild Invites = Bad Idea

Random guild invites sent out to
players while leveling is and always has been an epidemic. If you are
unguilded, you can expect at least two or more every single time you
play. These invites roll in without warning, invitation, and often
without even a hello beforehand. Clicking “Decline” on these
ninja invites becomes almost reflex after playing for so long and it
really shouldn't be that way.

In fact, these random guild invites
that are sent out are likely doing far more harm than good. No matter
what good intentions these senders may have, no one wants a mass of
guild invites from people they don't know in their face. It gets
irritating and may actually turn players off from joining a
particular guild rather than making them want to join.

Let me put this in perspective for you;
random guild invites sent out to players are something like random
solicitors that show up on your real life front door. No one
appreciates it, no one wants it, and even though they have mostly
good intentions, they are downright annoying. Now imagine 6-7 (or
more) unwelcome solicitors a day. Doesn’t sound very fun does it?

Random guild invites are the same way.
In fact, players are so annoyed by these that there are pages and
pages on forums about the subject. Even if you have the best of
intentions, sending these out to every low level unguilded player you
can find is more than a little annoying and maybe just a tad
presumptuous. No player should feel obligated to check the “Block
Guild Invites” button just to find a little peace in the game.

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The Right Way to Send a Guild Invite

With all that being said, that doesn't
mean you should give up on trying to recruit players to your guild.
What it does mean is that you should put a little bit more thought
and effort into it because when it comes to guild invites there is
definitely a right and wrong way to do things. While doing it the
right way may take up more time and require more thought, it will
likely result in more players saying yes to your guild invitations.

Wondering how to avoid being obnoxious
and get yourself on track to sending a guild invite the right way?
Never fear! There is hope! In fact, during my recent leveling
experiences I have had several guild invites that were almost
perfectly right. Check out the helpful tips below to ensure you never
make another random player eye roll again:

  • Try to never send out generic mass
    invites to random players.
  • If you must send out mass invites, at
    least include a message introducing yourself and your guild.
  • Do not send out more than one invite
    per player. Repeat spam is never welcome.
  • Say hello. Get to know a player first.
  • Find out if the player is even
    interested in joining a guild.
  • Be polite, even if the player turns you
  • Be social. Meet prospective guild
    members by doing random groups, peddling your trade skills, or buying
    from others.
  • Put your best face forward. Help out
    struggling low level players to entice them to want to join your
  • Think before you act, if you wouldn't
    want it done to you, don't do it at all.
  • Watch for players looking for guilds in
    General, Trade, and other public chat channels.
  • List your guild on the in-game Guild
    Finder and Blizzard's Guild Recruitment Forum.

By using these tips and more you can
set yourself up to go from being an annoyance in the life of another
player to a welcome addition. Be courteous, conscientious, and never
do anything to anyone else that you wouldn't also want done to you.
After almost 10 years of World of Warcraft and plenty of guild
recruitment tools at our disposal, it is about time we finally put an
end to the epidemic of random guild invites!

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Do you have any tips for players
looking to recruit for their guild? Have you ever experienced a
plethora of unwelcome guild invites on any of your characters? Are
you guilty of sending out random guild invites? Share your ideas and
stories with us in the comments section below!

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About The Author

Amunet, also fondly known as Memtron, is an organic life form best known for its ongoing obsession with Blizzard Entertainment's numerous properties. To that end, Amu has authored hundreds (thousands?) of the most popular World of Warcraft guides, editorials, and Top 10 lists on the planet. When not gaming and writing, Amu is busy chasing after her three children in a perpetual loop of ongoing disaster.

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