No leader likes to contemplate it, but sometimes people decide to quit their guild. Maybe they are quitting the game, or perhaps they want something different, but quitting a guild can lead to drama, bad feelings, and burned bridges. Over the years I have seen everything from people disappearing in the middle of the night to big drama-filled goodbyes to sad departures by people who will always be welcomed back in the Cats. I think it’s impossible to quit a guild with absolutely no repercussions at all, but with the right approach and attitude you can definitely minimize any conflict.
There is one universal policy about leaving a guild, no matter what the cause: any guild leader worth their salt wants a minimum of disruption to the rest of the team. If you can help them with that, it will go a long way towards making everyone as satisfied as possible with the outcome. That means no lingering drama posts on the guild forum, and no hissy fits in chat. When you do go, make a clean break and wait at least a couple of weeks before popping back on the guild website to say hi. Consider actually /gquitting during off-peak times to reduce the number of alarmed witnesses.
I think there are two basic reasons that people leave a guild: they want to move to a different guild (usually with “better” progression), or they are quitting or reducing their gametime in general. Honesty is the best policy — be straight forward about what your reasons are. Don’t make up crazy stories. To be very honest, people who are quitting WoW or going ultra-casual will get much better treatment from me than people who are hopping to a more progressed guild, but if you’re going to do the latter at least stand up for your reasons.
If you are looking for a new guild, don’t start applying before letting your guild leader or favorite officer know that you’re looking. GLs on the same server talk more than you suspect, and we have a sixth sense about these things. Part of our job (as recruiters) is to keep tabs on all the usual recruitment avenues, so there is very little ground that we don’t cover. Being honest, while difficult, is better than being caught.
And keep in mind that, in my experience, people come back to the guild or to WoW about 90% of the time. Perhaps you won’t come back to the exact same role, but history shows that you will likely want to come back in some capacity, so don’t burn any bridges.
So, in conclusion, five tips to quitting your guild:
- Talk to your guild leader or favorite officer first. Give us a chance to fix things!
- Be honest. Have the conviction to stand behind your reasons. Act professionally, and your guild leader should respond in kind.
- If you start “secretly” guild shopping, you will likely be busted.
- If you’re quitting WoW or reducing your game time you’ll probably be coming back at some point, so don’t burn any bridges!
- Remember that your guild leader wants this process to go as smoothly as possible, so any help you can give along those lines will count for a lot.
** Note to my guild: no, no one is quitting. That’s why I decided to write this post now!