During my time playing the game one of things I did was create a guild bank for myself and a few friends. Hoping to level the guild, I invited many of the guildless players on the server. Many of these players left or became inactive, but the guild slowly leveled as long as we kept inviting new players. We gave free repairs and access to some of the goods in the guild bank to create an incentive for new players to level up the guild. The guild eventually levelled to level 8; when we became inactive in world of warcraft no one opted to keep inviting daily and so guild experience stopped accruing. Now fast forward to today, when I am thinking of resubscribing.
One of the first things I did was check here what had happened to the remains of my guild. Naturally the guild has very few members (3) and all of them have been inactive for months. Now one of the things I was somewhat shocked to find was that someone had taken guild leadership of the guild in my absence. This was not someone I had known or anything of the sort. Instead it was a random stranger. Now this in itself is one small issue, since dethroning is a reality and I can understand that I was inactive for quite some time. The other shock I saw was more frustrating.
When this person gained leadership, it seems that they opted to kick everyone out of the guild. Now that I am trying to be active again, this creates big problems for me trying to gain the leadership once again, of a guild that I created and intended solely to function as a guild bank. I am now unable to dethrone the player because I do not see any of my character accounts or any of my friends' character accounts in the guild anymore.
So herein lies the problem. As of right now you can see, because I have not resubscribed and logged in, that this character is in the same guild as before. However if you go to that guild you will see that he is not listed in the roster of players. I would like to go back into the game and dethrone the guild back, but as soon as I log I am worried that this player will update and be recognized as not being a part of the guild (and thus have no claim to dethroning the guild leadership back).
Is it possible for a GM to help with this problem? The original dethroning seems almost like a guild hacking; an unassociated player took control of the guild and then kicked everyone else (and probably made 20,000+ gold from the items and gold left in the guild as well). From what I know, Blizzard has always acted against similar non-dethroning takeovers in the past.
If it was possible to retake leadership of the guild I would resubscribe today. With the new policies on dethroning, I could also avoid running into these problems next time (merely by forcing all other players to be of a super low rank, as had been my practice in this guild originally). This guild has a lot of sentimental value for me and a blue response would be much appreciated.