Introducing the Guild Mentoring Program

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Community Manager
Azeroth needs more heroes to rise through the ranks and your guild can help. We’re looking for a few good guilds to volunteer for the new Guild Mentoring Program. Guilds participating in the program will take part in identifying new players within selected realms, offering to invite them into the guild, and teaching them the ways of Azeroth as they level and reach the end game content.

F.A.Q.

Q. What is the Guild Mentoring Program?
A. The guild mentoring program identifies guilds on select realms to act as mentors for new and low level players (below level 85).

Q. How long does the Guild Mentoring Program run for?
A. The Guild Mentoring Program will run for a period of four months from the time that guilds are selected and notified.

Q. Is there a certain criteria for being selected as a mentoring guild?
A. Guilds must meet certain criteria to be considered for the Guild Mentoring Program:
  • Guilds must be located on one of the selected realms.
  • They must be willing to commit to the program for a four month period.
  • They must be willing to change their name for the four month Guild Mentoring participation period. (Names will be changed back at the end of the program.)
  • Guilds must be at least level 6 and have an active membership.

Q. How many guilds will be recruiting per realm?
A. Only one guild will be selected per faction on each realm.

Q. What does my guild need to do to volunteer?
A. The guild leader will need to submit an application to wowguilds@blizzard.com with the following information:
  • Current guild name and guild leader name
  • Current realm and faction of the applying guild
  • Current guild level and number of guild members
  • Guild leader’s real name and phone number (this information will not be published and is for internal use only)
  • Brief description of the Mentoring Guild

Q. How long are you accepting applications for?
A. We will be accepting applications for two weeks. We will then select a guild for the Guild Mentoring Program from those that meet the criteria and contact the guild leader.

Q. On what realms will this program be available?
A. Mentoring guilds will be chosen for the following realms:

US Realms
Aggramar
Azuremyst
Blackhand
Cenarius
Dalaran
Doomhammer
Garona
Garrosh
Ravencrest
Sen'jin
Shu'halo
Ysera

Oceanic Realms
Dath'Remar
Saurfang

Q. Do participating guilds get anything special?
A. Some of the benefits for taking part in the program include:
  • MVP status on the forums for the guild leader and recruitment officer
  • Guild member private forum access
  • Recognition for your guild as being participants in the program


http://us.battle.net/wow/en/blog/6646217/
Edited by Nethaera on 7/10/2012 1:41 PM PDT
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100 Night Elf Priest
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looks fun
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100 Undead Priest
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The Tribe is one of the oldest, largest, and most active Horde guilds on Aggramar, and I hope those who play on the server and frequent these boards will agree that we've built and maintained a reputation over the years for having pretty high standards (in terms of our members being decent human beings), being a guild that understands work/family/school obligations, is great for more casual players but still has raiding success, etc. I think we could be a good fit for this program, but our leadership would like to know more:

1) What's up with the name change? We are very, very proud and protective of our "brand" and we wouldn't want to stop being The Tribe, even temporarily - we've been The Tribe since 2004! Is the name change just to add a [Mentoring Guild] or similar tag, or is it a wholesale name change? If "The Tribe" wasn't in our guild name at all, that would be a deal-breaker for us.

2) Our guild skews to the older side (average age of our active players is ~30), so we've recently had to add some guild rules that we don't accept players under 16 years of age. Would continuing to enforce this rule disqualify us from participating?

3) We have a pretty high standard for our own internal code of conduct, and as a result, people behaving badly, being jerks to others inside or outside the guild, etc. gets disciplinary action from us up to (and including) dismissal from the guild. How will mentoring guilds be able to protect themselves from poorly behaved players?

I guess in general (besides the name change thing), we're really just looking to understand if a) a Mentoring Guild has to accept everyone who applies, b) if not, what kinds of restrictions can we place on applicants, and c) what are we allowed to do to protect ourselves (discipline, dismissal, etc.) if we end up with very badly behaved people who create or exacerbate drama?

EDIT: I don't want to make it sound like we discipline/kick people out a lot - in almost 8 years we've probably kicked out less than 10 players. We always try to work with people, coach them, etc. but we want to make sure that if we applied and were selected for this program, that we would have some way of protecting ourselves.
Edited by Aeneas on 7/10/2012 10:51 AM PDT
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Community Manager
1) What's up with the name change? We are very, very proud and protective of our "brand" and we wouldn't want to stop being The Tribe, even temporarily - we've been The Tribe since 2004! Is the name change just to add a [Mentoring Guild] or similar tag, or is it a wholesale name change? If "The Tribe" wasn't in our guild name at all, that would be a deal-breaker for us.


We want mentoring guilds to stand out to new and leveling players as mentoring guilds. Don't worry though, your name will be safe during the four month period you are not using it. We are very aware that guild identity is in the name so we will be protecting it for you should you choose to do this. We're aware that for some it's a "deal breaker" but we're hopeful that the assurance of a safe return of said name should reassure you and others like you. We understand though if it is just a bridge too far.

2) Our guild skews to the older side (average age of our active players is ~30), so we've recently had to add some guild rules that we don't accept players under 16 years of age. Would continuing to enforce this rule disqualify us from participating?


We'd like to hope that any guild participating will be as inclusive as possible. We want to make sure we're helping create a welcoming environment as much as possible and not leaving anyone out if it can be helped. Ultimately, the people you help could end up being full-time members of your guild if you so choose to make them such.

3) We have a pretty high standard for our own internal code of conduct, and as a result, people behaving badly, being jerks to others inside or outside the guild, etc. gets disciplinary action from us up to (and including) dismissal from the guild. How will mentoring guilds be able to protect themselves from poorly behaved players?


We won't be holding your hand and telling how to run your guild or exactly who you must have in it. Ideally, you'll be able to know the difference between someone who is just a disruption to the community and someone who really just needs a little extra time and help. We also have some general guidelines we'll be providing to those that are chosen to be mentors which should help a bit. Again, though, the day to day operation is up to the chosen guilds. We will be keeping an eye on things though and watching progress.

I guess in general (besides the name change thing), we're really just looking to understand if a) a Mentoring Guild has to accept everyone who applies, b) if not, what kinds of restrictions can we place on applicants, and c) what are we allowed to do to protect ourselves (discipline, dismissal, etc.) if we end up with very badly behaved people who create or exacerbate drama?


Again, we're hopefully the mentoring guilds will be as inclusive as possible. Should someone be disruptive, it's up to you on how you handle them.
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85 Human Paladin
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Hi Neth, I had a quick question in regards to the naming portion of this program.

What exactly would our guild name turn into? I understand and agree with your reasoning for the name change during the period, but I was wondering if you knew the exact name that a qualifying guild would be receiving?
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90 Blood Elf Priest
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whooooo is guild mentoring for horde? I think I remember seeing some alliance toon on the forums already having a MVP tag but I don't remember what guild lol
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100 Night Elf Priest
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Lhivera from Anduins Legacy has green text, but that has nothing to do with the MVP program. Lhiv is a brilliant mage theorycrafter in the mage forum.
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90 Tauren Druid
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The guild <Knight Stalkers> on Horde side is mentoring, and I believe <Anduins Legacy> is the Alliance guild mentoring.
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90 Human Mage
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Legendary is actually the Mentoring guild. We're already actively at work doing what Blizzard was asking, and so far progress is actually pretty good!
Edited by Truls on 9/3/2012 6:21 PM PDT
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90 Blood Elf Priest
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well grats guys, I wouldn't mind hearing about your adventures as a mentoring guild
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