WoW’s broken recruitment tools and how to fix it

World of Warcraft has an in game guild search/recruitment tool.  To use this tool you need to not be part of a guild.  Open the guild interface (default hotkey is “I”)  and you will be prompted to search for a guild.  Click the “Find a Guild” button and that will open up a basic search function.

Find Guild

What we are offered is a simplistic compartmentalizing of our potential new social groups.  We check the type of play that we are interested in, our availability and role.  Then we click the Browse Guilds button and are faced with a list of hundreds of guilds to sort through.  Honestly, who has time for that?

Browse Guilds

While this may be an adequate system for those not looking to get invested in their guild (or this game for that matter), this is not a great way to narrow down your pool of potential guilds.  I really hope Blizzard makes this a focus in the future since I know if I have a hard time finding a guild that fits how I like to play, I typically leave a game after a month or so.

Fix #1: Allow characters currently in a guild to use the recruitment tool.  If I’m browsing for a new guild, I’m not usually going to leave my current one before I have a new one lined up.  Compare this to job hunting.  Does everyone only look for a new job when they don’t currently have one?  Of course not.  That would be an absurd criteria to fulfill in order to interview for a new company (sorry we only are considering unemployed applicants), so why is being unguided a requirement to use the guild finder interface in our game?

Fix #2: Add more robust search criteria.  The search criteria is entirely too broad and on my server if I select one interest it narrows down my search to at least several hundred guilds to scroll through.  I would probably guess that most people that use this tool wind up not finding a great fit due to the large volume of guilds they have to spend time sorting through and end up finding a guild through other methods, be it the forums or the dozens of other sites that try to create a solution for this problem in the game.

  • Schedules:  Allow for guilds to put in their exact schedule via a drop down for each day of the week.  And also allow players to do the same with their availability.  For ease of use, include timezone so that players don’t need to try to figure out what time a guild plays in their own local time zone.
  • Search Key Words:  If you want a guild that is currently raiding or new player friendly that should be an option to search in this interface.  We shouldn’t be limited by 5 check boxes, the results end up being overwhelming to search through.
  • Location:  Allow a checkbox to include different realms, a specific realm or any realms and also the option to include different factions.  A lot of players are willing to pay blizzard to transfer a character.  Why not make it easy for them to do so!?

Fix #3: Allow players to be contacted by guilds. I see so many posts on the guild recruitment forums from players that say “this is what I’m looking for, post your guild info in the thread”. Wouldn’t it be a great option if a player can flag themselves in game as “looking for guild”?  In my experience a player doesn’t like doing a ton of work to play a game.  Make it easier for them!

Fix #4: Request to Talk…in addition to request to join  So many of us out there want to speak to someone who would be a future member.  I remember before joining my raiding guild in Cataclysm times, I spent over 2 hours chatting with the GM before I was extended an invite.  And while that was a bit excessive, I want to be able to say to recruits – “Hey! This is our plan for the guild, this is what we expect of you, and do you have any questions for me?”

  • Discussion Interface:  Attach a chat interface specific to each potential recruit tied to their request for more information.  Allow all of the officer rank members in guild to view these questions and respond to create a sort of chat log that can be checked on and responded too – even if the player is offline.

As a guild leader, I spend more time than I would like trying to find and communicate with potential recruits for my guild.  I would rather be spending my time actually playing the game instead of working extra hard due to having poor tools that are supposed to help me.  I spent 5 hours last weekend posting to player’s recruitment forum posts, adding their battle tags only to have none of them add me back and it felt like a whole lot of wasted time with no progress made towards finding people for my guild.

There are a lot of players out there that play MMOs and crave that social aspect of existing in a virtual world.  I know that this is very much a quality of life improvement but it is my belief that as WoWs player get older and as we have jobs, kids and other real life obligations in our life, we will gravitate towards games with systems that make the overwhelming task of finding people to play with less time consuming.  I know that I personally want to play games with cool people, help me find them!

Navigating the New Guild Management Panel in WoW (World of Warcraft) 8.0.1

A lot has changed in patch 8.0.1 one of which is the shiny new guild panel.  Here is a walk through of how to use your new guild panel.  Your access will vary based on your permissions in your guild.  I will be showing you the Guild Leader level of permissions.

Guild Panel Navigation

Along the right side of the guild interface are the Chat, Roster, Perks, and Info tabs.  This is how we switch between the different pages shown below.


Here is what the Chat Panel looks like.  You can join the in-game chat channel for your guild or community here.  You can also join the voice chat for your guild or community by clicking on the headset icon.  As far as I can tell you must be logged in to use this feature which is very limiting for guilds that like to use voice chat to socialize both while they’re playing wow and while they’re playing other games.

Guild Panel Chat

  1. Community Summary – This shows your current guild and communities.
  2. Join or Create Community – You can use this button to join or create a new community.  This is a new feature and offers a great alternative to custom chat channels.  If you want to join an existing community you need to copy paste the invite link or be invited by a member of the community.
  3. Chat Channel – Here you can view the chat history for your guild or community.  This will save all chat history including when your character is offline.  Watch what you say about the Guild Leader!
  4. Online members – here you can see who is online.  You can right click the member’s name to whisper, request to join group, or ignore from here.
  5. Add to chat window – this is a quick button to add the chat channel to a new or existing tab in your chat interface.
  6. Invite Member – From here you can invite members to your guild or community.  This works the same as typing out /ginvite [MemberName].

This is the Guild Roster panel where you can view a lot of information about the members of your guild.  Want to know who can craft that item you need?  Or when they were last online?  Here is where you would find out.

Guild Panel Roster

  1. Show Offline Members – You can select to show or not show offline members with this check box.
  2. View Drop-down – Here you can show your members Achievement Points (this is really just the general list of your members as shown above)  the other option in this drop down will show all of your members grouped by their Profession.
  3. Member Roster – Here is some general information about your guild members such as level, class, online status, rank and any notes that you have added.  In my guild we label which characters belong to which main player.
  4. Recruitment – is an in game method that players can use to find a guild.  This button opens the recruitment interface.
  5. Guild Settings – This will open up another panel that allows you to edit ranks permissions for changing things in the guild interface and also for the guild bank.

If you need something crafted the easiest way to find out if anyone has the recipe that you need is by checking the professions view of the Guild Roster panel.

Guild Panel Roster Professions

Click View All will open up a crafting interface similar to what you see in your own crafting.

Guild Crafters

  1. Search will allow you to find the pattern that you want
  2. View Crafters will show you who can craft the item that is selected in the recipe list

The Recruitment panel in WoW allows you to post a summary of your guild and allows an easy way for members to contact you.  You get here by click on the Roster button on the side bar then clicking Recruitment at the bottom of this screen.

Guild Panel Recruitment

I’m not sure how well this works, to this date I have not received a single inquiry based on our posting to the in game system.  This may be due to the type of player that I am targeting.  Systems like these may be more successfully used by larger guilds with more general recruitment.


Guild Settings is where you make changes to what a member can do in your guild inteface and what they can view and withdrawal from the guild bank.  To get to Guild Control open the Guild Panel and click the Roster or Info tab on the right side.  From here click the Guild Settings button which will be near the bottom of the screen.  The drop down at the top of the Guild Control panel will let you view Rank Permission and Bank Permissions.

Guild Settings Rank Permission


Guild Settings is where you make changes to what a member can change in your guild interface and what they can view and withdrawal from the guild bank.  To get to your Guild Control open the Guild Panel and click the Roster or Info tab on the right side.  From here click the Guild Settings button which will be near the bottom of the screen.  The drop down at the top of the Guild Control panel will let you view Rank Permission and Bank Permissions.  Click the drop down and change to Bank Tab Permissions.

Guild Settings Bank Permissions

Select the rank that you would like to modify and you can allow the member to view, deposit and withdrawal items based on their rank.  Keep in mind that items can be split up into single stacks in the bank and cannot be restacked without counting as a daily withdrawal.  This allows for most strict management of consumables for your players.  So if you would like to allow players to receive 20 food, this will count as 1 withdraw item per day if it is a stack of 20.  If you would like to limit the daily withdrawal to 1 food you can split the stack of food into stacks of 1.


The Perks tab shows you all of the benefits that you currently get as a guild member.

Guild Panel Perks

  1.  Guild Perks – These are all of the benefits that you currently have by being a member of the guild.
  2. Guild Rewards – These are the rewards that you have unlocked and the amount of gold that your guild receives for each achievement unlocked
  3. Guild Reputation – this is your personal reputation for the guild.  You can raise your reputation in the guild by doing certain activities in the game.

This is the Info panel of your guild interface.  Here you can view a summary of what is going on for guild activities.

Guild Panel Info

  1. Info – This shows your weekly Guild Challenges.  These must be done in a guild group in order to get credit
  2. Message of the Day – This is where you would put a quick communication to your members.  This shows up for a member when they log in.
  3. Guild Information – Here you can include more information about your guild without the small text limit of the GMOTD (Guild Message of the Day).  Usually You will find information on the general schedule, links to voice chat or websites and any other important information.
  4. Guild News – Here you can view milestones that your members have achieved and you are able to adjust your filters to show different types of milestones.
  5. View Log – This shows you all members joining, leaving, and rank changes

Guild Panel View Log


I hope that you found this guide helpful.  The new layout takes some getting used to but is much more visually appealing that the previous interface.

Having trouble finding a function in your guild interface?  Leave a comment and I’ll help you out!  Happy gaming!

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