No objection here to us making a post on the official boards as it's a little different to the recruitment spamming messages you sometimes see ingame, something I would not support for a group like ours ofc. To be honest the forum post would not be much different from the pre-launch guild pages they gave us to use really. - When ours went up I edited the description to suit us and made a post in the public forum there just incase anyone discovered us through it. Does no harm really so long as people aren't just given automatic invites and they go through a proper recruitment process.
Rules, well we have 2 on our group site joining page already which are the no multi-clanning on the same server as our guild and that new recruits register here. Oh and to treat each other with respect but that should go without saying heh.
The rest is basically what we don't
require which makes us different; don't recruit on gear, class, skill or any of that, don't impose activity limits, don't force people to use voice comms etc..
As for processes. I'll be honest. I went along and accepted it in the past but I've never been a big fan of the 2 person vouch system. For anyone unfamiliar with that it basically meant that a new recruit required at least 2 existing members to vouch for them before any recruitment began and they'd be added to our SSX usergroup on the forum. If people want to use that again I won't kick up a fuss or anything I just don't think it's necessary on top of other processes like the ones below which I think are more effective anyway. I trust the officers we currently have to make fair judgement before hitting invite and by the time this person needed to be added to our forum members list they'd already be in our guild ingame anyhow.
I do think physically grouping up with someone is often the best way of recruiting someone and getting to know them, sometimes over time rather than just the once. In the past this has been one of the main ways we've recruited people - being out and about as an SSX group doing general quests and meeting people along the way. But TOR is a little different in its approach to the multiplayer aspect in that groups are only required for heroics, flashpoints & pvp (which you can join as a solo player and be put into a group anyway). All of ones class story is soloable from what I have found and if someone really wanted to they could go through that without playing with anyone at all, however sad that may be heh. PvP warzones aren't such a good way of getting to know someone either really other than how they play or whatever they talk shit to other players lol. As unless you're just stood about in the middle of a Hutball match or whatever it's difficult to chat much other than the odd directive as there's so much going on. Ilum & other world pvp will likely be different though but I haven't experienced this yet.
If there are a few of us around the same level bracket as the person looking to join then heroics/flashpoints would be ideal I think. Get a group of SSX together and invite the new guy along to join in. Some of them are quite lengthy and there would be several of us there to get to know said person a bit better whilst we're doing them. Though as I say above, this may not always be an option 100% of the time.
The other process we've used is to have a chat over PM with them instead and sometimes as well as. Not too formal but to see we're they're from, who they might already know, what kinda place they're looking for and what they enjoy doing in the game etc. Then explain to them what we're about and that we're not limited to just being a TOR guild. See how they respond and then decide whether they're right for us and we're right for them. Asking yourself questions like; Is this person likely to stick around on the forums and play other games with us in the future? Will they disappear into thin air if they decide to leave TOR or our group in TOR is no longer active?. Does it sound like they may value endgame content a lot and could this become a problem if one day our group doesn't meet their needs?. All things to think about really if we want this place to grow and stay strong, imo.
So. Imo the recruitment process would work something like this, whish is pretty much how I'm used to doing it;
Bill has a friend called Ben who's interested in joining us. He's been directed to our SSX TOR group site, had a look around and is still interested. Bill and a few other guildies are around the same level as Ben so they all party up and arrange to do a flashpoint together. Ben seems like a nice enough chap and so one of our officers has a little chat with him just to make sure (doesn't matter if you go over some of the stuff he should already know from having visited our site previously, does no harm and makes it clear. See if he has any questions). Then if all is good he's sent an invite and if he hasn't done already he's asked to register on the forums. Once he's done that he can then be added to our forum roster and also added to our forum memberlist so he can participate in the members only forum should he wish, like arbiter polls. - If grouping up as an SSX group like this isn't an option at the time then that step could be skipped but the rest followed as planned. All of this can work the same for someone who found us via the official forums or just noticed us ingame really..
Also whilst I'm not too fond of "trials" we could leave Ben at the recruit rank for a week before bumping him to member and adding him to the various lists as an extra precation if people wanted.
Anyhow!. Those are my thoughts. I do look at this group as a fresh start for us in a way so I'm all for doing things differently if they could work better for us. We've got off to a great start so far I think