I’ve heard a little rabbling lately about how burdensome it is to go through the crap needed to be raid-ready. Which is true - it’s burdensome and annoying and a long-ass grind. However, for your amusement, let me put it in flowchart form.
So… in case it’s not entirely obvious from the chart… raiding is optional. You can opt out at any time and not raid. Nobody is making you raid. But if you do choose to raid, you have to do the necessary prep. I’m not sure why rational humans fail to grasp this.
To a certain extent, beyond a few specifics, your guild is not creating the rules. Most guild rules are shockingly similar because these are essential prerequisites to the activity for it to succeed.
If you joined a bowling league, could you refuse to wear bowling shoes? “No thanks, I’m a special snowflake, so I’m going to wear my street shoes and scuff up the lanes for everyone else.” Of course not.
In real life, it’s not ok to think yourself above the rules that everyone else must follow in order for an activity to happen. But that’s exactly what people do when they refuse to become raid-ready and still expect to raid.
Do or do not. There is no whine.