Usually, I do this at the first of the year but I didn't have time until now to actually punch numbers into a spreadsheet. As of today, Saturday, April 23rd, here are graphical representations of guild membership. The numbers were taken off our Armory roster. Said listing didn't used to show toons lower than level 10, but it lists 6 toons between 1 and 9 so this compliation is probably as accurate as possible.
First of all, let's see how names break out. This is a representation of how many toons have names starting with each letter of the alphabet.
"S" has the most names at 68 toons. "B" is next with 57 toons and "A" starts the names of 41 toons. Bringing up the rear are "Q" with 2 toons, "U" with 5 and "Y" and "V" tied at 6.
Moving on, let's look at race distribution.
We have 148 Humans; 87 Dwarves; 113 Night Elves; 74 Gnomes; 112 Draenei; 70 Worgen and 50 Pandaren.
Lastly, we'll look at class distribution.
It should probably come as no surprise, but hunters are the biggest class. We have 82 of them. Next is Paladins with 73; Druids with 72; Death Knights with 64; Shaman with 57; Priests with 56; Warriors and Monks with 54; Mages with 52; Warlocks with 48 and Rogues with 40. Every time I do this, and I've been doing this going on 6 years now, I wonder how our numbers compare with Alliance overall. Granted, we have more hunters than, probably, the average guild, but do the other numbers correspond to percentages in WOW? This chart will be interesting come January 2017, when we add Demon Hunters to the mix. (Probably should recruit more hunters.)
I also spent a great deal of time in the "guts", if you will, of the web site, removing names and ISPs of people who did not meet our strenuous recruiting process or who have left the guild. Since we moved to Enjin in 2011, we have had 503 people apply to Spectacular Death. The approved pages numbered 35. That's a lot of toons to process. It was getting unwieldy to find you when I want to make sure you've received one of our special guild awards. The clean-out there is all done now. Some of you did not apply using your toon name, probably because the name was in use by someone else on Enjin. If I deleted your application, which means you can't see the "Member's Only" material, it was by accident. Please reapply so you can take full advantage of everything on this site. Applying to the web site and being approved is the only way you can see all things. Also, if you are a member of the web site, take a moment and link all your toons to the name you applied with. It will greatly help me find you when I need to give you the "You Have a Beautiful Singing Voice" award. If you have questions about linking toons or your application, please post them here so Squidchin, our web master, can see them.
Now is also the time to remind people I will be doing a roster clean-out over Memorial Day weekend, May 28-30. At that time, unless you've made arrangements with me, any toon which has not been played in 6+ months, will be removed from the guild. We do not mind you taking a break and leaving your toons in SD, but I need to know about it. If you don't think you'll be back, just send a note through the web site to let us know. Our roster needs to reflect active toons. As some of you who have come from dead guilds can attest, seeing 18-22 people online is a glorious thing.
Also, we will be doing a major reorganization of the roster in August. I have mentioned this before and I want to mention it again. We will be removing people who do not participate in the life of the guild. We ask that you make 2 events per month or contribute in meaningful ways. A guild is only as good as the people in it. If your idea of being guilded is to log on, do your thing, and log off, Spectacular Death is not your guild. You probably would be better served by making your own guild. We can assist with that as many of us have toons which are name place holders and can be used to sign a guild charter. Over the next three months, you need to think about your participation; what you can do to keep this guild active and alive. We have never needed to recruit, a fact I am very proud of. We provide what other guild cannot; an active, alive and vital guild life filled with conversation and activities. If you can't or won't participate in that life, it is time for you to move on. If you have questions about how you can contribute, please talk to me.
I'd be interested in your thoughts upon seeing these graphs. I always find them interesting.