This should be called "Raid Etiquette," but that word is too fancy for some of us. These are guidelines, not rules.
Mostly Harmless runs raids (gasp!). When in one of our raids, please observe the following:
Raid sign ups:
- Raiders are expected to attend an event if they are playing. It generally takes 10 players to run a 10 man dungeon (certain achievements aside). It is OK if you are unavailable on an evening, or do not wish to run certain content at a given time.
- If you do sign up for an event, and can't make it, updating your calender invitation ahead of time is expected. Real Life sometimes intervenes, but wherever possible send a message by whisper, mail, phone, or carrier pigeon.
- Show up on time. Invites go out 15 minutes before first pull. Be online, in Mumble, and ready to go at that time. If 9 people are waiting 5 minutes each, that is 45 minutes lost. If you think you might be cutting it fine, leave your toon at the raid entrance.
- Show up prepared. This includes gems, enchants, flasks/elixirs, potions, scrolls, food, Vantus runes, and being repaired. We usually provide feasts and cauldrons, but you should still have your own if for some reason we cannot. If you need something from the Guild Bank, ask an officer. But please ask well before the raid start time.
- Read up on fights! We expect that you have read up or watched boss strategies. Some guilds run 'blind'. We do not. We expect that you will read up on the next two bosses. We would appreciate you reading up on the next four. Use the sources that work best for you.
During the raid:
Be polite. This means you. No swearing at (or in the general direction) of other players either in writing or via voice. No racism/sexism/anyism either. Mostly Harmless's Mumble can be a bit racy at times. Also, we have HngKngFooy. Ask to see the disclaimer.
A good natured ribbing is ok, but try to remember that sometimes, the difference between ribbing ('playful or friendly teasing') and being downright rude can be a fine one.
In regards to that, also try to take what someone else has said to you with the understanding that they are most likely trying to help, not that they are intentionally trying to be hurtful. If your raid leader is saying "Don't stand in the fire!" it's probably because they don't want you to die, not that they are being hurtful or mean.
- Fail Better. Try not to make the same mistakes repeatedly. I expect we will always be able to do better. I don't want to stay in a raid until we get it perfect.
- Lag happens (think of it as a special hardmode). Some of us do not have perfect connections. That's how we roll. It will sometimes cause wipes. Some of us have 200ms latency, and others have 1200ms. If you are willing to raid with your latency, I am willing to have you. However...
- Lag is not an excuse for wrong targets, or continuing to stay in the fire. Ideally, you will respond in 400ms of an event (200ms latency + 200ms reaction time). Some of us won't be able to respond for up to 1500ms. Regardless, follow the instructions.
- Acknowledge that we don't all have the same skill level. Newbies are welcome, as are hardcore players going casual.
- This raid is not your other raid. Listen to the raid leader, and the strategy they are explaining. It may be different.
- Emotions are contagious. Please remember that:
- People's reactions are better when slightly stressed, but still in control and concentrating.
- Making people overly stressed causes them to freeze.
- Some sillyness is fine. Too much sillyness prevents concentration. Use good judgment.
Before a pull:
- Ask questions, make suggestions, disagree (politely). However, the Raid Leader makes the final call.
- Say what you will do/want done differently, simply and explicitly. Consensus is preferable, but not required. For examples:
- PlayerA use Tranquility in phase 2
- Everybody move around the outside of the ring, not through the middle.
- Foo should heal PlayerB; HealerC should heal TankD. HealerE is on raid.
During a pull:
- We probably are too chatty. I am as guilty as the rest of you. Chatting on trash is ok. However, cutting the chatter on bosses leaves room for more useful information. I hate the "NO FUN" sign. Don't make me use it.
- Call out things we are struggling on. 'Follow the marked boomkin.' 'All DPS on tendon.'
After a wipe:
- Wait until release is called by the Raid Leader. Sometimes we can save time by the judicious use of Mass Resurrection!
- When release is called, everyone run back as quickly as possible. Healers need mana too, and it is just easier all round.
- Group together, it makes buffing that much easier.
- Eat the feast or your preferred buff food. Don't wait to be reminded.
- Buff. Also, don't wait to be reminded.
- Everyone misses a buff or 5. However, if you are getting reminded by Raid Buff Status every pull, you're doing it wrong.
- Discuss the cause of the wipe.
- You have more time during recovery (buffing etc.) to discuss than during a wipe.
- Everyone ask yourself 'What can I do better?'. It doesn't matter if you are carrying the raid, if there is something you can do better, then do it.
- If you caused the wipe, fess up. It makes it much easier for the raid leader. Either say what you are going to do next time, or ask for assistance.
- If someone did not do their role, call it, but with neutrality. If you are frustrated, you should whisper someone else (probably me), e.g., if you get paralytic poison, you need to go to the player with bile.
- Everyone pay attention to how to prevent the wipe. Understanding is expected the first time. However, the group gets grumpy if a different player causes the same wipe.
After a success:
- Smell the roses. Enjoy the moment.
- Congratulate the group if you have previously had problems. Congratulate anyone who specifically showed improvement.
- Allow others to enjoy the moment. If someone wants the screenshot, give it to them. People who don't are being unpleasant.
During loot distribution:
- Make sure you have EPGP Lootmaster installed. This is not optional.
- If you have questions on how to use it, please ask before raiding.
- If an error occurs, get an officer's attention IMMEDIATELY. Don't wait. Ever.
- Help people make informed choices regarding loot politely. Pointing out that the mage doesn't get as much from spirit is ok, but calling him an idiot is not.
Giving constructive feedback:
- Sometimes another player will need to do something different. They will listen better if you also provide positive feedback. Give this first; If you can't give positive feedback, talk to your guild master.
- Expect someone to learn one thing only at a time.
- If you think they should learn more than one thing, see the line immediately above.
- If you still think they should learn more, see your guild master.
- In the feedback you need to provide:
- What needs to improve?
- Why it is important.
- How it should be done better.
Giving destructive Feedback:
- Any feedback given to a player should be constructive feedback.
- If you still need to be destructive, talk to your Raid Leader.
- Wait until EPGP is closed before leaving the raid.
- Post-raid discussion is welcome. Generally, an officer will be around to go over any issues with members.
- If you need to talk to an officer, do so as soon as you can. If something is concerning you, talk to us about it.
This is what other people expect of you as a member and a raider. Make sure you understand it before showing up to a Mostly Harmless raid.