Ranking structures are a common part in the structure of a large clan or guild. It is important for a guild to manage and maintain order and pre-established standards of behaviour, and it is no surprise that the quantity of higher-ranking members should correlate directly to the amount of members within the guild.
Yet at times ranking structures can be a detriment to the health and success of a guild, as not every individual is suited to the roll and, at times, it can be the presence of a ranking structure that causes the disorder rather than preventing it.
Here are some of what we consider to be the most significant pros and cons of a guild adopting a ranking structure:
- Stability. In most cases any introduction of additional structure only offers additional stability, and more often than not this is true of using member ranking. As long as the guild considers carefully who is given power over other members, in addition to the quantity of people allowed to possess that power, we believe that ranking structures can be a valuable asset.
- Delegation. As a guild leader, to have officers means that you are able to delegate the tasks of running the guild. This places less pressure on the leader to devote excessive hours into the basic management and administration of the guild, and ultimately means that decisions can be made more easily and fairly.
- Management and growth. The day-to-day tasks of a guild run much smoother with a ranking structure. What’s more, the quantity of guild ran activities increases when you have more people to handle the organising – culminating in a healthier guild image and increased membership interest and, consequently, growth. Clan websites can only take you so far, the rest has to be done by individual contribution, made easier when shared across a number of individuals.
- Dark side of ego. An officer tag can give an individual an ill-titled sense of importance within the guild, changing how he deals with and reacts to other members. This serves not only to discredit him in the eyes of others as a respected member, but also risks creating an unfavourable and antagonistic guild environment.
- Creates unnecessary divide. Divide is never a positive thing for the health of a guild. In any organisation, the most prominent divide is usually between the ordinary member and the higher ranking individuals. This can be better or worse dependent on the specific guild and the type of environment that it promotes, but ultimately in any guild which has an exclusive group of officers (or as is typically the case an exclusive officer’s channel guarded by a password) divisions will occur. As previously mentioned, this depends on how this division is dealt with – though invariably this sort of ranking structure promotes a formal relationship between members over a strictly friendly one.
- Potentially detracts from the gaming experience. At the end of the day, guilds and clans are about having a fun on a game, even the most hardcore and competitive ones. Ultimately, a guild should be viewed as a family, or a group of friends, rather than a business organisation. More often than not ranking structures can remove the warmth of the guild experience.
It will never be easy to decide whether your guild requires a ranking structure. The above list demonstrates that the positive and negative are in equal weighting of one another. But whichever you decide, our clan website hosting services are equipped to cater to any style or structure of a guild, supported by years of experience in the industry.
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