I've been thinking seriously of xferring to Mal'Ganis in the near future so I've been looking at a lot of guilds in advance to see if there are any 'perfect' fits for me. If been thinking about this stuff a lot myself from the other side of the fence, so maybe I can be of some sort of help w/ my answers.
Do you want a guild to be level capped with a fully-stocked bank that has hundreds of thousands of gold so you never have to pay for your own repairs/mats?
Being level capped doesn't matter to me. Sometimes I'll intentionally join a lower leveled guild when leveling alts just to help out a little. Main thing for me is that I'm asked personally about joining, not just spammed an invite or a macro. If someone personally asks if I want to join their guild I almost always join. Gold/mats in the bank is irrelevant to me. I always have taken care of my own stuff in that regard. I'll use the guilds if it's available, but I have my own just in case.
Do you like guilds that bribe you with money/mount training/profession training for things like earning the guild XP or just logging in every day?
I don't think I'd join a guild that did that. Reeks of desperation IMO. Gold has rarely been an issue for me as I enjoy the AH aspect of the game. I DO like guild repairs turned on though... I figure that's a decent enough perk since an active person in a guild will bring in quite a lot of gold weekly just from questing/dungeons/etc. It's not a deal breaker but it's nice to know that your guild leader isn't being stingy about something relatively small like that.
Do you only look for a guild run by someone who completed heroic raiding pre-nerfs, or while the nerf percentage was still minimal?
I want someone who knows what they are doing as far as leading raids, but I don't care about past progression as long as it wasn't horrible. If at least a few heroic bosses have been downed that's good enough for me, personally... even after the nerfs.
Is it big roster numbers you want? Despite the fact that in most guilds with large rosters the level of communication is on par w/ *crickets*??
I tend to shy away from HUGE guilds. Should be the raiding core + a handful of non-raiding social members and then a bunch of alts of the people I just mentioned. Those super massive guilds that just invite everyone that isn't already guilded and doesn't screen their members AT ALL are a huge turn off to me. The guild has to have at least SOME kind of standards for acceptance.
Perhaps you only like a guild that makes you go to their website and apply? Does the idea of no casuals appeal more to your taste?
Yes, this is more my style. I wouldn't say 'no casuals' necessarily but it's nice to know that I'm not playing with people whose skills and more importantly, personality are completely unknown to the guild leadership. Doesn't need to be crazy strict but there should be some sort of barrier to entry to keep the horrible or 'gimme gold plz' or 'only there to troll his guildmates' people out.
What turns you away from joining smaller guilds that are in need of quality players to help them grow? Do you think that all new guilds are destined to fail?
Mostly I just want to feel assured that the guild has a strong core and are good quality people. Know how to play their classes reasonably well and are fun to be online with. I dig that 'family' vibe that some guilds have, although that is getting more rare nowadays because of 'Looking For Group/Raid' systems. Somewhat mature as well is nice to see.
Do you look mainly to be carried? Do you not want to contribute? Would you rather your guild do all the guesswork/footwork FOR you?
Wouldn't join a guild if I felt I was being carried, unless it was when I FIRST joined and I was behind on gear/progression myself. I'd want to be contributing ASAP. I'd expect the guild to handle the majority of the overall strategies we'd be employing but I'd do all my class rotation research and whatnot myself.
This wasn't asked, but it also important to me to be doing 25 man raiding. 25's just have a different vibe and I really don't care much for 10's. They feel less epic to me and it's more annoying to get loot when there is only a couple pieces dropping off each boss, even IF there are less people competing for it. 25's are a must for me.
Hope this was some sort of help and good luck w/ your guild. A lot of people will be returning next week and maybe you can snag some of them?