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Everiine said:"'Cause the fighting don't stop till I walk in."-Synkarin's Lament.
Would you be good with the Divine trimming off a guild or org that you personally spent years of your life investing in?
Isn't this a bit biased of a prompt? You're skewing the results with a question based more on emotional appeal.
More to the point, I love the Nekotai and I enjoy the roleplay and the tasks that are required to gain rank. It gives me another thing to work on when I get bored from the other things. But if the admin decided to get rid of them and just let us have whatever skills we wanted, I'd be alright. I would prefer other methods, but you're going to have to get pretty appeal-to-extremes and straw-man-y to make me be like "Nah".
You're asking "Would you be good with" and not "Do you want". But, once again, not a very good prompt for a question, in my opinion.
My terrible system
@Zac I hear many people talk about wanting to trim down orgs and guilds, but I imagine most are thinking it will happen to some other org/guild, and all their own hard work will be safe. I do believe it would healthy for the game, but at the same time it could drive away people who have given life to those guilds/without anyone's notice.The emotional appeal is trying to remind people that these places were built up by the hard work of dedicated people. We could end up losing a lot more than just those orgs/guilds. So we need to ask, 'Is it worth it?'
If you intended to phrase it that way, that's cool! I find polls based around emotional appeal serve more purpose in trying to whip people into a frenzy rather than having them think about it.
I can totally dig where you're coming from. There's some IRE guilds I've helped built up which, if I heard were deleted, would be a bit disappointed but also be fine with and understand. What used to be fine and work before may not any longer, etc.
I've seen guilds in Aetolia be merged (Daru+Luminaries=Illuminai), completely changed (Druids->Shamans), and deleted altogether (Atabahi/Bahkatu). I believe all of these changes have been for the best, especially when guilds are merged or destroyed; there were just TOO MANY, and I believe that Lusternia is even worse off in that regard. If the population isn't large enough to host 28 guilds, then something needs to be done about it. What is the best route? That, I don't know.
To an extent the question of consolidation of guilds misses the point.
The playerbase is shrinking. Remove the individuals who make players quit. By any means necessary.