Do you make plans with two of your friends for doing different things at the same time, then pick whichever one you feel like doing at the last minute? Leaving the other friend standing around waiting for you somewhere, wondering if/when you will show up? I don't. But it seems like all of us must have had guildies as a part of our raid teams who do just that when it comes to signing up for --and flaking on-- scheduled raids.
This past week, I've noticed that blogs and the twittersphere have been full of mentions of raids starting an hour late while the hassled raid leader tries to scrounge up a final member or two. Officers annoyed at people who only show up for farm night. Erratic raid members who /gquit after losing a piece of loot to a raid member with near perfect attendance.
That's right, Spring is in the air and we are at that cyclical point in the expansion (or is it every Spring?) where raid drama is rearing its head.
I've said it before in more depth, but the key points are worth repeating:
- If you sign up for a raid and are slotted to attend, it is a reasonable expectation for your raid team to expect you to honor that signup.
- When in doubt about whether or not you will be able to attend, don't sign up for a raid so folks won't plan on your helping to make it happen.
- Raid start time is not the best time for you to AFK