This is not a how to post, this is an actual question. I've been in my main guild for so long and all my alts are either in friends guilds or their own guilds or just social leveling guilds. It has been so long since I have looked for a guild I really do not know how someone would find one.
I can give advice on how to work your way into a raid spot. As a raid leader I know what some people look for. As a raider I know what I look for. But over all it is more than just responding to a forum post, or filling out an application, or whispering someone that posts in trade. Anyone can find a guild if they are looking for raiding. Anyone can get a spot if they work it right. But what about just finding a guild with like minded people you can have fun with?
I am not a social person, never have been and do not think I ever will be. I don't avoid people but I do not seek out any contract that is not what I would consider necessary to playing the game. Being I know I am not alone in feeling that way it made me wonder if I started the game today, how would I go about finding a guild I fit with.
When I started it was a lot easier to find a guild that fits you than it is in today's game. There was no looking for raid and there was no looking for dungeon. If you wanted to run a group that meant a visit to our friendly trade chat and sometimes a distinct possibility of hours of waiting until you found one
Those long hours in trade chat were not fun, don't ever let anyone that says "things were better before the LFD" tell you that hand assembling groups when you were a new player with no reputation yet was a good thing, but they were better for one thing for sure. Community was tighter back then, the LF* system has all but killed off community on some servers.
For every minute I waited for a group while reading trade, posting in trade, or flying to stones to summon people when we did get them that sucked it was actually worth it. I made friendships, got to know people on my server and their respective talent levels from running with a lot of them, and of course, I found myself a guild that way.
After doing those dungeons daily, well, trying to get one each day at least, you would end up running with the same people often. Sometimes they would bring guild mates and you would meet others from their guild. So you got to see how they played, who they were, and maybe even talk to them on vent, which usually happened when you dungeoned with someone often. So in the end finding a guild was not actually work, it just happened, thanks to having to hand assemble groups.
As I mentioned, I am not a social person, I most likely would have never had these interactions with these people if it were not for the fact I had to do so if I wanted to run any dungeons.
In the world of the game today, again, if I just started, how would someone anti social like myself find such a guild, one they can click with, without joining a lot og guilds and spending some time with them to see if they fit. Basically becoming a guild hopper.
The LF* systems not only allows people to do dungeons on their own but allow people to do raids on their own. It means there are fewer chances for any meaningful interactions in the game. Any real interaction where you get to know people on your server so you can see where you might fit.
If you were a seasoned player you would know what you were looking for, so you could look directly for it, but if you were new and did not have the advantages I did, and who would have ever thought having to hand assemble groups was an advantage, how do you find a guild?
The social butterfly will never have a problem because they will talk to anyone that listens, but the anti social person only talks to people when they have to. With the LFR and LFD, unless you plan to move into further raiding, there is no need to talk to anyone. Even as an anti social person myself, I find that quite sad and I wonder, if I started today, would I ever be in a guild, would I even be raiding? I don't think so because how would I even find one.