I have never been a part of a successful guild
merger. I have been involved in three, and in each case the downfall of the guild has been imminent. Why is it that
when two (or more) groups try to combine their resources and members, they fail most of the time?
1. A guild merger is often a symptom of deeper problems within one or both of the guilds. Guilds with no problems a far less likely to be interested in mergers than those with lots of discontent among their members.
2. Officers don't like to give up respect and privilege. Guild officers earn respect from members. That’s why they are officers. In a guild merger, some officers are bound to get demoted, and those who aren’t have to earn the respect of a whole new group of members. That inevitably leads to friction within the larger group.
conclusions after the jump.