10/03/2011 12:49 PMThis is definitely a ploy by Blizz to force people to keep paying their subscription fees.
Posted by Jasada
This is neither the intent of the system nor the motivation behind its creation.
Currently, we have a policy in place that allows members of a guild to petition for leadership in the event that their guild leader remains inactive for an extended period of time. It's a service our In-Game Support department has provided for years, as we understand that it can be difficult for some guilds to run efficiently without the presence of an active guild leader.
Given the frequency at which this service has been and continues to be used, we felt that adding a feature which allows players to address these kinds of situations on their own, right through the game client, would be helpful and, more importantly, something that many players would appreciate. There are definitely situations where a guild leader might be unable to log in for an extended period of time due to factors beyond his or her control, but even in those cases, we don't want guilds to be unable to grow or manage themselves because their current leader is away.
Now, you may not agree with the way the inactive guild leader replacement system is implemented on the PTR, and that's fine. We definitely appreciate your feedback. In the next PTR build, we'll even be reducing the time a guild leader needs to be inactive for the system kicks in to 10 days (note: this is just for the PTR
) to encourage testing. So, if you want to jump on to the PTR at some point and give that a try, that'd be great.
Also, just for reference, keep in mind that several of the automated, in-game features you use today were once services performed by our In-Game Support department. They weren't implemented as features because we wanted to shirk responsibility, but because we felt that it would be more enjoyable for players to address those issues quickly, without having to contact Support. That's the goal here, as well.