Our recruiting policy has shifted numerous times over the years as our needs and goals have changed. We once maintained a month-long sponsor/recruit system to make sure that recruits were a good fit for us and vice versa, culminating in a guild-wide vote and sometimes an elaborate in-game ceremony.
This system is impractical nowadays thanks to the casual nature of most MMOs, and it’s proven unnecessary as we’re not a hardcore guild anyone would join to abuse anyway. In most of our current games, we simply allow in friends and family of current members, no questions asked. Just ask an officer for an invite and have your buddy introduce him or herself on the forums and in Slack. If after a few weeks your friend or family member thinks he or she would like to stay, we’ll bump him or her up in access in whatever game we’re in. Welcome aboard.