Guilds, Why They're Private, And All That Jazz
GUILD HEADQUARTERS - You are about to join a guild. Unfortunately, it is private.
So, how do you get in? You are handed a book that is embroidered with lovely gold,
friendly letters that reads Guilds – Why They’re Private, and all that Jazz. Opening
it, you begin to read.
Most people like guilds. This is not to be denied. Of course, not all people
are ‘guild material’, and this is not a trait for one to be ashamed of. Some
people do not find the time/talent/commitment to be tied into a guild with its
board chatting, contests, and the like. This is a very real feeling of dread,
and sometimes even I find such a feeling overcoming me… but I love my guild,
so that will never happen.
However, there is a trouble with guilds these days. More and more guilds are
becoming private. Private guilds used to be very, very scarce – people were
willing to let in anyone as long as they were good, rule-abiding players. These
days, though, the tables have turned, and it’s newbies that are feeling the
Newbies are very willing, if they are not n00bs, to be like any Neopets player:
Make impressive pets, make friends, chat, have fun… the normal stuff. And that
‘normal stuff’ includes, more then likely, joining a guild. The process of finding
the right guild can be long, tedious, and very rough.
This is not an article that explains what guild is good for you and how to
locate a guild that is as fantastic says it is.
This is, however, an article that tells you why guilds become private, what
it means to be private, and, most importantly, what it can averagely take to
be invited into a private guild. In this article, you will find an FAQ of guild
questions and some advice to help newbies – and non-newbies – understand the
process of private guilds.
WHY do guilds become private?
I assume that most guilds become private to keep out the ever-pressing and
constant horror of n00bs that can do several things.
1: Not follow ground guild rules
3: Insult others
4: Not be active
5: Not take interest in the main aspect of the guild
However, not all guilds are made private because of n00bs. Some guilds are
simply a circle of friends getting together to chat and have fun.
Some guilds will remain non-private until they have a certain amount of members,
and then they will make it private to keep out another wave of members.
How do I know what a private guild is all about?
Simply sending a Neomail to a person that is in the guild is a good way of
learning what the main interest of the guild is. Even better, you could Neomail
the owner of the guild. Simply saying ‘Hello, my name is so-and-so. I am interested
in joining your guild, but could you please tell me a little about it?’ is a
nice, simple way of learning about the guild without being rude enough to say
‘Hello, can I have an invite to the guild?’
Eventually, you can grasp onto the subject of joining with whomever you might
be chatting with, but never go outright with the request of such.
Help! The private guild I joined is inactive/doesn’t have a lot of members
for my taste/isn’t what I thought it would be.
So, you finally get the invitation to the guild you have been so pining to
join. Then you join, and it simply doesn’t meet your standards of a good guild
like you thought it might. Do not be afraid to leave a guild just because you
were invited to it and it is private! If you don’t like it and would prefer
to try another, then so be it. The guild leader should not be offended for this
if you are truly not enjoying the guild.
The guild leader won’t invite me to his/her guild! How can I convince him/her?
Guild leaders do not always know best what members to let in and what members
to let out, but sometimes there are deadpan signs of who not to invite to their
precious guilds. Sometimes guild leaders will not invite people because they
had a bad reputation on Neopets, or they use chatspeak, or perhaps they simply
think that the user does not have enough interest in the main subject of the
One way that you will never get invited to a private guild is if you beg or
ask directly. You must work your way up to the fateful question.
Should I make my guild private?
This is a tricky question. It all depends what you think is right for your
guild. If you don’t want many members, then perhaps you will want to make your
guild private and only invite others that might seem to enjoy your guild. However,
if you don’t care who joins your guild as long as you have members, then don’t
make it private. If you do, there will not be the large amounts of people rushing
to your guild as you might want.
The basic pros and cons of private guilds:
Is your thirst for knowledge about private guilds not quenched in any above
information? Well then, here’s an overall summary and some other random facts
that you might want to know if you’re ever thinking of starting a guild and
don’t know whether to make it private or not.
Pros: Private guilds will not have n00bs or unwanted guests in them. They
will only have a close amount of friends and people that were invited and therefore
rather ‘worthy’ of dwelling and being in the guild. Private guilds are also,
apparently, not open to the public, so if you are ashamed of perhaps the layout
or your number of members, whatever your reason may be, it will not be viewed
by the more critical people.
Cons: Private guilds can sometimes be hard to keep members. If there are only
a few or the leader is not active, then people are more prone to leave because
the chatting is as active or they just overall do not like the guild. Private
guilds are also tricky to ‘rule’ over for, as leader, you are responsible for
not only inviting members that are interested in the theme of the guild, but
making contests and topics that apply to the theme.
Well, that about wraps it up for Guilds - Why They’re Private, and all That
You close the book and sigh, then it disappears in a puff of red smoke in
your hands, leaving you coughing and rather confused on what you were doing
in the first place.