As deeps officer - no formal methodologies other than 'do when it needs doing'. My take on the role has been to steer people in the right direction, and there haven't been many balls to bust - 90% of Whiskey players are good dps'ers and those that aren't are Firestanders, for example. I spend a good 45-60mins each week with the WoL parse and am in on-going discussion with the raid's regular dps about their specs and buff-coverage contribution to the raid (We put a huge amount of effort into Tashraal to make the ultimate stacked raid, then things started to crumble
Heck I made my warlock viable so the raid would do more dps than with some scrub rogue
). During the raid itself I do my best to foster a competitive environment without the epeen (which is hard to do) on vent and in /ra, directly relating fight mechanics to individuals' dps and how to squeeze the most out in particular cases (when people wanna use pots, CDs, heroism, etc. I mean, people didn't know what haste pots were prior to Heroic Beasts, 1st week we used them as a raid we got the kill). Anything beyond this is 'telling people how to play' which people resent and I refuse to do. One-night-a-week, we require people to happily be theory crafters for themselves, imo. We're an adult raid and even the notion of 'incentives' etc is a little weird to me - come to the raid, do your job in your assigned role.
In terms of breaking the balls, with several leet dps core having left the raid over the past 3 months I've felt zero need to bust em as we carry alts, try-outs and pugs in 251 gear to fill raid spots (e.g. Ezios) while the rest of the raid are still doing their best to clear content they out-gear. If anyone sucks at dps once the line-up is solidified I'll help them to get better or ask them to step off, but people don't get raid spots if they need their balls bust, right? I review many other guilds' WoLs weekly and it seems that even in this current state of flux Whiskey is still pretty damn good.
I can't really think of another way to approach this but would love suggestions. I'm also happy to jump into another role if someone else wants to be Dr Deeps
Cliff's original plan was sound. I +1 all suggestions made in this thread so far, lots of good ideas. Jonathon knows his shit and would probably make a good dps officer if we feel someone else is needed though I'm not sure about making someone so fresh an officer. Sagenn would be a good fit for an officer role too. Mog or Jud tank officer sounds like a great idea.
On the recruiting side of things - is this short term for a LK group kill/HMs only? Or for further down the road, i.e. Cata? If short term, will get harder as the player pool shrinks with pre-xpac blues. If long term, the entire raid system is changing. Should prob think about what we're gonna do when it hits. If you can achieve the same results in a 10 man as you can a 25 (as Blizz have proposed) I would much rather attend a 100% committed 10 man raid a la Chaser than a 25 where there are an extra 15 variables determining your success