- Jan 31, 2011
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I logged onto an old server that I used to haunt this morning and caught up with a couple of old friends. One old friend, we’ll call him Steve, was complaining about the vent situation in his current guild. His raiding guild has a policy of allowing all players to openly chat on vent while raiding. Steve hates it.
Steve’s argument basically looked like this. Vent is great for fooling around and chatting while in five mans or battle grounds. Vent is not great for fooling around and chatting when you need a clear voice of command telling players what to do during complex raid encounters. Steve’s raid often finds themselves confused rather than informed by the conversation that occurs during raids. Timers are being announced by several different people, players that aren’t officers are calling other players out for poor play and raid nights usually end with a confused thud.
Steve’s preference (which was also the policy of a previous raiding guild that we were both in) is to keep vent silent during raid. The only players that would be allowed to speak are officers. This policy has some strengths: players clearly know from one authoritative voice what is going on in the fight and players have the ability to focus on the fight. The disadvantage to this system is that you lose some of the horsing around and fun that can come from a lively vent conversation.
I’ve seen all kinds of vent policies during my time in WOW and my response to Steve was that the policy you have on vent has to be tailored to the specific dynamics of the guild that you’re in. What do you all think? Should vent be more of a laid back affair to release pressure from intense raid situations or should it be a soapbox for your officers to help call the fight?