Since the beginning of time, guilds have dealt with the problem of “us versus them” mentality with officers versus members. (For example, Saga’s recent troubles.) Right now, Eff the Ineffable has no officers. This means – no officer chat. On first glance, this may seem insignificant, but I think it’s huge.
One way that people become cliquish is by having a private place to talk. After all, it’s alluring! Why talk in a public forum with a lot of people when you can share your insights with the select few in your super-secret spy channel. And more often than not, the super-secret channel is used to let off steam about conflicts with people who are NOT in the channel. Us versus them is born.
Officers don’t want to step down, ever, or they’ll lose the social connection with the other officers that they’ve forged with their secret channel and forums. They’ll feel out of the loop. So you have people unwilling or unable to do officer duties with a powerful incentive to remain officers – leading to top-heavy guilds.
So we’re not doing it. Eff the Ineffable has no secret channels.
- No officer chat. Well, except the GM has officer chat by default, but there’s only so much Alas can talk to herself.
- No private forum. None. Seriously. If you’re a guildie, you can see every forum there is on the site.
Will this be an incredibly awesome idea or turn out to be stupid? We’ll keep you updated on this bold experiment.