Garithos was once a fairly organized community of players. We had some pretty fun world pvp, some fair raid guilds, and a particularly amusing forum community. There was definitely a lot of love/hate relationships between players and guilds.
Personally, there were very hectic times helping to run a raid guild. There was much time invested, people benefitted. Virtually all of my associations are now gone, save a few, and what I learned in wow, much like in real life personal relationships, is there is an expectation of mutual benefit. When the benefit of association stagnates, people move on. This is what's happened at Garithos.
In order to have a thriving server, guild and overall tight knit community, there must be individual committment to such a cause. It's not easy. Taking action is something you must do. Relying on authority figures or others to make things "right for us" is most generally a failing proposition.
The larger guilds that once thrived on Garithos, were mostly transfer guilds from high pop, high latency and high queue time servers. In Overkills case, it was formed in beta, and cemented by an additional gamer group from prior games. We took action when Warsong had major server issues and didn't wait for Blizzard to fix anything. They created new servers, we took advantage of them. What you have on Garithos is a smooth running server, with low latency, no queues, and the opportunity to build. It's the same Opportunity we took advantage of when Overkill and Xen of Onslaught transferred here when the server opened. Other successful guilds formed throughout the years and have since left. The server was generally vibrant.
As long as Garithos is open there will always be those of you who have the individual desires to accomplish team oriented content. It's imperative you find each other. The forums are a great way for individual players to identify other individuals with the same general goals. Blizzard flooding a server with the remnants of 20 other similarly disfunctional servers is not the answer. This will not created what you're looking for.
Selfless leadership must emerge. It exists, but is silent. Those of you with these traits should find each other. It is you who will establish "community". Newcomers and those who have remained could and should identify those leaders and allow them to lead you. Do not become a burden. If the selfless, silent types who have good judgement can establish a small core of players who achieve, others will seek you out. These types of relationships whether real life friendships, or in game selfless mutually beneficial associations can rebuild Garithos. Blizzard cannot, nor should they be expected, to give you this.
Edited by Moose on 11/29/2011 11:47 AM PST