@YJ hahaha yes I'm really enjoying playing Tippy and maybe she will become a raiding toon.. we'll see
Maybe after a break I'll be fired up to raid on Jaz again, who knows.
So a couple of thoughts on the conversation in here:
1. Talking on vent. YES this has really annoyed me in the past. People should have the respect to STFU when raid strategy is being communicated. This week in particular I was very annoyed by Wattz. I think being very firm is needed here - but at the same time - discussing strategy in an open vent channel is an invitation to people to contribute albeit a silent one. I think it's really important to have a clear plan and that any discussion that doesn't ask for input from others take place in officer chat or another vent channel. Discussing and not being able to decide on an approach or vacillating in the general vent channel also makes the raid leadership appear weaker and indecisive.
2. Currently the raid has one break in 5 hours. If the raid was an employer in Australia it would be taken to court because it is illegal to only allow people one break in 5 hours. I would reccomend scheduling more frequent but shorter breaks and telling people up front. I strongly believe you will see less random AFKing and also better performance. Having a chance to get up from the computer and move around once every hour or so freshens people up and allows them to refocus. I think you'd agree that historically when we've come back from a break mid grind on a boss fight we've more often than not been able to down the boss after the break. This has also been researched and proven in a working environment - hence the law, with no break people lose focus and make more and more mistakes.
3. We've been marketing ourselves as a 'serious raid' when it comes to applicants and the raid itself at least since the beginning of WotLK - imo the problem lies in talking the talk but not walking the walk. Someone mentioned this during the officer discussion on vent after the raid. Be stricter about afks and DCs sure, but the most crucial thing is actually enforcing the rules that have been established.