Even if someone give you there real name it is taboo for you to refer to them by it in guild and vent. I like to think of it as one of the unspoken rules of wow.
I know most of the people in my guild by RL first name either through their applications to the guild, Facebook, or Real-ID, but it is completely optional if they want to use it in-game. I've never had anyone ask me to remove their real name from our guild notes, forums or Facebook, but I would completely understand if they wanted that privacy.
02/18/2013 12:24 PMI would limit the newbie/probation/alt rank to 0 withdrawals from the bank. Even if people are well-intentioned they could still get hacked and wreak havoc on your guild. Or people you think are totally cool will raid the gbank on their main and all of their guilded alts (and their girlfriend's guilded characters) because of a minor spat in gchat (this happened in Gnomeland Security during Cata... and Wrath).
Posted by Merrz
Good advice! For The Texas Heat, I created an Inactive rank (for characters inactive 30 days or more), and a "Detention" rank (for those people who misbehave). Both of these ranks have zero bank privileges. The Inactive rank was designed solely to protect our guild bank in case one of our inactive members were to be hacked. I've never had to place anyone in Detention *knock on wood...lol* but it's there just in case someone becomes disgruntled and decides to rob the bank. Our "trainee" rank only allows people to withdraw 1 item a day from the GB (raid/dungeon mats excluded). You must be a trainee for at least 2 weeks active in-game. Most GB ninjas probably won't want to wait that long to steal from a bank, especially one that is restricted. That is also plenty of time to learn about them and their true motives for being in your guild. There is a "Free-For-All" tab for lower-level potions, consumables, bags, and other fun stuff like fireworks, pets, etc. We also have a Deposit Only tab, with the rest of the tabs being Withdrawl only. This helps to keep things organized and not have people just throwing stuff where they want.
02/18/2013 12:24 PMAgreed on the website thing. You can use a web forum to facilitate all the goings-on of your guild, from scheduling to announcements to random chat. Of course, in 8 years of playing this game (most of that time in a casual environment), I've never seen more than a handful of guildies actually sign in to a forum. In a casual guild, asking people to use an outside resource to manage the game is asking a lot. Or so it seems.
Posted by Merrz
Our guild has a website, but getting people to actually use it hasn't been so easy. I'm considering just dropping our current site and going to a forum-only site. We also have a Facebook page, and Twitter. Overkill for a casual guild? Maybe... but all are good resources for people that will take the time to use them.