On that note, a question do you see yourself as a goteway for "newbs" into other guilds or an end destination guild? I am not casting asperations of any sort just really curious.
Again a huge shout out to my friends in No Pants! Without whom I and I know many others would not be here!
Hmmm.. are we the journey or the destination... Good question. For some, I imagine the mentoring program will just be part of the journey, much like many of us have been in other guilds in the past.. for others who enjoy the level of camaraderie that we enjoy in 'Silentium', I have no doubt they will stick around. (That's actually how we've gotten many of our players in the past)
Even prior to the mentoring system, I've openly told people if they feel the need to go explore their options elsewhere, they're more than welcome to do so (It's their $15/mo... not mine :)
If/when those players decide to come back, we welcome them back with open arms usually, much akin to 'Norm' on Cheers.
Those that stick around know what we ask of them, which is primarily just to have fun (as long as it's not at the expense of others). I've been 'that guy' in the past who screams and yells at people who aren't pulling their weight in guilds/raids, and it took some rather drastic eye opening on another server to make me see exactly what the heck I'd become. I didn't like it, so I returned to Blackhand on my main (Caspien) and reopened Silentium with the help of many of my friends that I've made over the years. (how some of them have stood by me over the years, I have no idea ;)
So, this current 'Blizzard Mentor Alliance' on Blackhand is made up of a hodgepodge of players from many different guilds.
As Tor said, we all came from somewhere.. and we all started as Newbies ;)