As you may be aware, I've spent the last week or so sorting out the roster to ensure that the one in-game matches as closely as possible with the one on this website. During that time I've matched characters with their respective "owners" and it's nice to see that, barring one or two, every guild member has membership and access to this website. Now you've just got to remember to visit regularly!
Remember that this site is here for you guys .. not just for organising raids (raiders, please note that you are expected to visit the site regularly in order to check out forthcoming raids and events) but for anything else you'd like to discuss - from collecting achievements, pet battles and recommended fishing locations to your favourite recipes "in real life".
If there's anything that you'd like to see here, that isn't, just let me know and I'll try to get it sorted.
Going back to the updates carried out ... the process also uncovered a few problems with "alts" ... primarily that some alts were not marked as such, or were marked with the wrong "main" name. Please do try to ensure that all of your alts are marked with the same "main" (and remember that the "main" doesn't necessarily indicate the character you play the most, it's just a way to link all of your characters together). Several times I nearly removed alts because they were marked incorrectly, and on two occasions I have actually removed members for being inactive, but then discovered they must have other un-linked characters in the guild.
For information, whenever I go through a potential deletion process for inactivity, I check all linked characters - so I check all the "alts of" a character, and the character named as the "main". Prior to deletion, I use /ginfo which tells me how many accounts are currently in the guild, and then after deletion I do the same. What should show at that point is the account number down by one. Unfortunately twice it did not. Meaning I may have inadvertently deleted someone's alt for inactivity, when perhaps their other characters were not inactive.
The characters (and their marked alts) that I removed for inactivity today were:
Melena, Nariavish, Nitromethane, Oximated, Tenaki, Caladan, Shulien, Xaéla, Zobmaggle.
If any of these were yours, and you are currently active in the guild, please let me know and I'll get them invited back into the guild and ensure their notes are marked correctly.
This was not an exhaustive check of inactive accounts .. these were simply discovered during the process of linking characters with website members. So potentially there may be more removals for inactivity in the future.
As mentioned previously, inactivity means anyone who has not been online, on any of their (marked) characters in-guild, for three months or more. Generally the lower the rank, the less time needs to pass to be classed as inactive, but generally I use around three months as a guide. The majority of those removed today had been inactive for a considerably longer time than that. In some cases close to a year.
On the other side .. there were a considerable number of members of this website that no longer had any characters linked to them (following my connecting every possible character available to current members). These were, on the whole, people that should have had their access removed when they left the guild, but for some reason the automated website process had failed to remove them. I have therefore manually carried this out. The only exception is for one member who appears to have two accounts, and are still in the guild (I'm guessing they originally had one account, forgot how to log in with it, so instead of using the "forgot password" option, simply created a new account). I'm awaiting confirmation of which account to remove.
If you find you no longer have access to the member-only sections of this website, but feel you should have, please let me know. I should be able to re-add your membership.
Any problems or questions, just let me know by replying below.
Update .. outstanding matters have been dealt with, save one. We have one lonely member of the guild who is currently not actually a member of this website. I can't force people to become members of the guild if they've joined via other means than the normal recruitment process, but we do encourage them to do so - especially if they're going to take part in any guild activities. Raiders especially are required to be members, as we discuss and organise raids partially through our member only forums.
As an added incentive .. those who are not members of the guild, or who don't have any characters linked against their names on the website (there are none of the latter, currently), are more likely to be removed for inactivity, sooner, as I work on the assumption that if they've not bothered to join the site, they're not that bothered about the guild, either. Although of course that still depends on the usual considerations for inactivity.
I know .. he was awesome :-(
He did actually post a farewell thing a while back .. I just forgot to remove his characters at the time: http://www.darkwolves.eu/forums/viewtopic.php?t=11296533&gid=180473